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Building a Fire to Fight Nature Jack Londons title for the story To Build a Fire starts the reader off with a very basic idea building a fire Almost anyone can build a fire All it takes is a match and some kindling Londons story is about more then building a fire though This story is about a mans belief in himself self-confidence and even arrogance to such an extent that he doesnt recognize the power of nature around him Londons story is more like a Man against Nature story Londons To Build a Fire casts a clear image that in the ever long-lasting battle between man and nature nature is not a force that should be reckoned with The authors characters are even very general The main character of the story is never given a name except to be called a chechaqua or newcomer in the land The constant struggle of Man against the natural world and physical forces which threaten to undo him at any moment is expressed greatly by this storyColin This is not a story about one individual person or one isolated incident but a story used to illustrate a larger continuous gamble or battle between man and nature London spends the first few paragraphs setting the physical scene The setting is in Alaska along the Yukon River It is close to the end of winter but the sun is still not yet in the sky It is mentioned that this does not bother the man The rest of the setting is described around the man and the places he has passed on this current journey and where else the trail leads in other directions The description of the scenery is one of the most intriguing aspects of this story London had a way of almost making the reader feel cold for the man in the story just by his descriptions of the surrounding territory The Yukon lay
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