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Londons use of setting in To Build a Fire In To Build a Fire Jack London uses many details of setting to illustrate the gravity of the protagonists situation The story is a detailed description of the dangers of intense cold and the stages involved in the process of freezing to death The man in to build a fire is a very dogmatic and arrogant person who believed in his own abilities and took everything at face value He didnt analyze and scrutinize over every detail He definitely wasnt one to philosophize and his conceptions were rooted in the tangible not the surreal At the end though he realizes his own deficiencies and finally dies The magnitude of the mans situation is fully illustrated and established through Londons descriptions of the landscape snow ice and intense cold The height of Londons graphic portrayal is the storys explicit description of the intense cold of the arctic winter that the man is travelling through The sharp explosive cracklepg 119 para 2 that occurred in the air before the mans spit could even hit the snow is just an example of the vicious cold that the man was travelling through The frozen moisture of the mans breathing that forms ice on his beard and mustache The crystal beard of the color and solidity of amberpg 120 para 1 that transpires when the man chews tobacco and the speed in which the mans appendages become numb and unusable are further examples of Londons account of the cold The journey through the unbroken white north and south as far as the eye could see paragraph 2 was another striking account of the wonderful use of setting in this story Without a doubt the concept of a world of ice is a major factor in the greatness of this story undermined only by Londons graphic depiction of the mans death This is depicted in great detail
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