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  • "To Build a Fire"
  • By: Jack London
  • Kimberly De La Cruz 5th 12-5-18
  • He's famous for "White Fang". He spent time traveling and working skilled jobs, books aloud him to be adventurous, and he wrote more than 50 F/NF books.
  • a young miner who has come to the Yukon to find gold. He is traveling toward his camp on a cold, windy afternoon, against the advice of a seasoned miner. He falls through some ice and gets his feet wet, necessitating building a fire to dry off and warm up. Unfortunately, his fire fails, and the man ends up freezing to death. When it is clear he's dead, his dog deserts him, heading for the warmth and food of the mining camp.
  • The two main characters are the man and the dog. Its a cold, gray, day on a yukon trail. The conflict is that the man travels to left fork of henderson creek to meet boys which they assume its gold. One important event is when the mans fire fail when he pulls the branch and a pile of snow falls. Then when hes freezing and wants to kill the dog to warm him up.
  • It all started when the man decides to go out on the Yukon trail in the freezing cold. The conflict is the man fighting again nature and man against himself. He is unable to survive by simply having no way to accomplish tasks such as lightning matches or killing the dog for warmth. 
  • The man understands he will not survive so he sleeps to his death. His dog survives and waits for a while, confused at the sight of a human sitting in the snow without fire. The dog howls when he smells the death of the man and then makes it toward the camp.
  • The tone of the story is no sympathy for the man. The mood is very little excitement, unconcerned, nature, and confidence. I had a reaction of excitement and made me curious about how the man would solve the problem. I liked this story because the author made it challenging and talked about Yukon, a place I've never been to. 
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