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Significance of Words Dying and Death in To Build a Fire Dying and Death in To Build a Fire The significance of the words dying and death in Jack Londons 1910 novel To Build a Fire continuously expresses the mans dwindling warmth and bad luck in his journey along the Yukon trail to meet the boys at camp London associates dying with the mans diminishing ability to stay warm in the frigid Alaskan climate The main characters predicament slowly worsens one level at a time finally resulting in death The narrator informs the reader the man lacks personal experience travelling in the Yukon terrain The old-timer warned the man about the harsh realities of the Klondike The confident main character thinks of the old-timer at Sulphur Creek as womanish Along the trail the man falls into a hidden spring and attempts to build a fire to dry his socks and warm himself With his wet feet quickly growing numb he realizes he has only one chance to successfully build a fire or face the harsh realities of the Yukon at one-hundred nine degrees below freezing Falling snow from a tree blots out the fire and the character realizes he had just heard his own sentence of death Jack London introduces death to the reader in this scene The man realizes a second fire must be built without fail The mans mind begins to run wild with thoughts of insecurity and death when the second fire fails He recollects the story of a man who kills a steer to stay warm and envisions himself killing his dog and crawling into the carcass to warm up so he can build a fire to save himself London writes a certain fear of death dull and oppressive came to him As the man slowly freezes he realizes he is in serious trouble and can no longer make excuses for himself Acknowledging he would never get to the
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