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In the story To Build a Fire by Jack London there are three principal themes They are respecting nature and considering results of actions The main theme or universal truth is heeding warnings The themes are shown through the character and his actions The main character in the story had an attitude that prevented him from heeding internal and external warnings He did not respect natures power and therefore he paid with his lifeHis attitude was arrogant and careless The man had no imagination and only understood facts He knew it was very cold and his body was numb but he failed to realize the danger A newcomer with no experience he thought he was invincible Neither the absence of sun from the sky nor the tremendous cold made any effect on him For example the temperature was less than -50 degrees He did not care about how much colder it was To him it was just a number He did not think of his frailty as a creature of temperature When the old-timer at Sulphur Creek warned him not to travel alone in such cold the man laughed at him The old-timer had experience and knowledge yet the man called him womanish Even when the man knew he was about to die he thought freezing was not so bad as people thought and When he got back to the States he could tell folks what real cold was These quotes show that the man did not take his situation seriously Instead of dying with dignity he thought about how foolish he looked running like a chicken with its head off He was ignorant unimaginative foolish and doomed The man learns his lesson the hard wayThe man encountered many internal warnings that it was too cold to be outside First his nose and cheeks went numb His face feet and hands followed His beard and mustache grew icy from his breath Rubbing his face and
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