The story begins with a detailed description of the settings. Life is depicted with natural elements. Details that convey the naturalistic view of life as a harsh struggle for survivor are only to live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold.
London use a detached and unemotional tone to describe the man's fingers, we can see this in line 185 "The achon consume no more than a quarter of a minute... Numbness laid hold of the exposed finger".
The dog was supposed to be the man's partner but the man didn't want it because of his pride.
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