To Build a Fire

What is the man's failure to build a fire symbolize?

Man fails to make fire

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The man makes the mistake of starting the fire under a tree with a lot of snow on it. The fire heated the snow, the snow melted and put his fire out.The man makes this mistake because he was panicked, disoriented, and cold. His failure to build a fire symbolizes his hubris and lack of respect for nature's power.