The man receives advice from the old man from Sulphur Creek. He is told not go alone adventuring but the man refuses to take the advice and stubbornly goes forth on his journey.
The frigid setting creates danger and conflict with the man
The man made the decision to go on his journey without a companion because of his pride in contrary to the advice that the old man gave him. The man’s foolish pride ends up being fatal to him because he is left without a companion to save him.
The gloomy tone foreshadows a solemn ending
The fire the represents the difference between life and death