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By the end of nineteenth century a new literature movement called Naturalism developed Naturalist writers usually created characters that followed their own instincts and passions However most Naturalist characters had to face forces beyond their control such as nature and environment The most common themes during Naturalism are man against himself man against nature and man against the universe Therefore the stories often represent the idea of people struggling and fighting against something that they do not have control over One of the most famous writers from this period is Jack London London became a great writer after he experienced living in Alaska and taking part in the Klondike Gold Rush at the age of twenty one Nina Baym the author of The Norton Anthology American Literature states that London was the best-selling author in America and was on his way to becoming the most popular American writer in the world 1812 Some of Londons most known works are An Odyssey of the North 1900 To Build a Fire 1902 The Call of the Wild 1903 and The Sea-Wolf 1904 Baym 1812 Londons short story To Build a Fire became well-known because of its moral ending with the main characters death and the tension of blaming the characters choice after observing his consequences John Griffin London mostly known as Jack London was born in San Francisco in 1896 He was a young and adventurous boy when he decided go into the Inside Passage of Alaska Jack Londons Klondike Adventure In his journey he was accompanied by three friends and they faced the winter that achieved a hundred feet depth of snow He would pass through all snow at least three times a day to get survival supplies Once with his partners he went to an existing cabin in order to be protected from the cold that was located next to some frequently used crossroads Many miners and adventurous people would pass by Londons new
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