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Jack Londons Freezing Setting Turns Man Into Human Popsicle In the story To Build a Fire by Jack London the reader is shown how harsh the landscape is in the Yukon and how it can affect a lone traveler The author shows the empty lonely and dangerous terrain affecting the attitude of the main character the man This setting of the story has made the man go from cocky to a little wary to terrified for his life London starts his narrative with a description of the how bad the weather is on this particular day He not only describes the sky as cold and gray 117 but as exceedingly cold and gray 117 There was an intangible pall over the face of things 117 The author is expressing that the weather is exceedingly bad and shows us that the setting is gloomy and dark He goes on to describe what the area looks like just how empty the landscape is As far as the eye could see it was unbroken white 117 expressing the loneliness and barrenness of the country Throughout the story there are subtle and blunt messages showing just how dangerous it is for the man to be traveling in the area on this day especially alone A good example of how harsh the terrain can be are the hidden springs below the snow London continues to describe the harshness of the landscape and how it affects the man As the story begins London explains how this harsh county is affecting the mans attitude about his situation When the narrative begins the man is void of much emotion or any impact due to the climate The mysterious far-reaching hairline trail the absence of sun from the sky the tremendous cold made no impression on the man 118 This example shows how over-confident the man is Because of his attitude the man does not realize how much danger he is
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