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The short lived life of Jack London is a direct reflection of his literary works major theme the struggle for survival of strong men driven by primitive emotions To Build A Fire and White Fang are two of his works that coincide his life experiences and illustrate his literary theme London was born the illegitimate son of WH Chaney and Flora Wellmen in 1876 He never saw his biological father and his mother had little to do with him Eight months after his birth his mother married a man named John London This is where Jack received his name Even with his new family that included two step-sisters Jack still received little time or love from them He claimed to have felt that he was a boy without a boyhood Marshall 749 In To Build A Fire a man is on a journey through the Yukon He takes this journey alone and therefore must face all challenges alone This is much like the childhood of Jack London London had to accept all challenges and obstacles in his childhood alone because his family was not there to support him Both Jack London and the man in To Build A Fire are in control of their own destiny As it turns out for the man in To Build A Fire he faces his death because of his solitude London may be implying that if he had someone to guide him through the early stages of life he might have turned out to be a more fulfilled and successful person By the age of twenty-three London had held a numerous variety of jobs He had been everything from a newsboy to an oyster bed pirate He even bummed his way through the United States In 1897 he traveled to Canada to try his luck in the Yukon Territory gold rush This is the motivation behind his 1906 novel White Fang White Fang Centers around the ability of
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