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Nature is always pushing man to his limits When man heeds the warning signs that nature has to offer and those warnings of other men he is most likely to conquer nature When he ignores these warnings nature is sure to defeat man To build a fire is a prime example of this scenario In the short story To Build a Fire by Jack London an inexperienced traveler in the Yukon travels alone with his dog even though it is ill advised to do so The man is strong and smart but nature humbled him during his quest to reach his friends The mans inexperience with traveling in the cold subzero temperatures doomed him from the beginning but his strong focus under extreme pressure and his keen sense of observation are what allows him to survive as long as he did The ignorance of the old-timers words of wisdom slowly haunts him and catches up with him in the end The mans disregard for natures power is his demise during his journey Although the mans inexperience is his demise he has very keen observing skills and strong focusing abilities London writes he was keenly observant and he noticed the changes in the creek the curves and bends and timber-jams and always he sharply noted where he placed his feet London 527 These skills allow him to make his way through the Yukon He lacks imagination of what could happen to him in the tundra of the Yukon The trouble with him was that he was without imagination London 525 London explains If he had had a better imagination before he started his journey he surely would have taken better precautions He had the book smarts about walking through the Yukon but he lacked the street smarts He may lack experience and imagination in traveling in subzero temperatures but his calm nature allows him to stay focused even when the fire is
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