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Most of Jack Londons stories are set in the outdoors By using the outdoors as a backdrop London offers a unique perspective to the storys themes and different character types In To Build a Fire I believe that London uses the theme and character of a rugged independent outdoorsman to show that even though we may want to travel alone in the outdoors we should always travel with friends or stay within our limits He uses his knowledge of nature to set a wilderness backdrop that fits well into any story that he writes The plot in this story is one of a man trying to conquer the last frontier I believe that London through this plot shows how one needs to keep in mind that no matter how much we think that we control something we are still at natures mercy Natures scorn is shown when the central character after passing through the most dangerous areas of ice springs thinks that he is home free Then he steps into a puddle of shallow water that goes up to his knees But just when the man thinks that he is home free again and his fire is started and will soon be drying him it is put out by snow on the very tree that has given him the branches to create his fire London also shows how we should respect our elders by the knowledge the old man from Sulphur Creek possesses The old man had warned the younger one about trailing in the backcountry in such harsh weather The young man shrugged off the warnings and went out anyway I believe that London is trying to show us how we need to listen to our elders and not to what our young minds tell us to do The elders have been there and know what will work An example of this is when engineering students first begin work They design projects that
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