To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire

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  • Nature is unpredictable
  • Always consider the advice of wiser people
  • Don’t be overly confident
  • In the story, as the main character continues his journey, he begins to encounter many inconveniences with nature. It starts to get colder, and he ends up breaking through the ice with his foot. In the end, nature's unpredictability was one of the causes of his death.
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Before the main character began his trip through the cold, he talked to an old man from Sulphur Creek. The man warned him about the weather and told him that no man should travel alone in those conditions. However, the main character didn't listen to the man. At the end, when the main character was freezing to death, he realized that if he had listened, he would have made it out alive.
  • Don't find temporary solutions to long term problems
  • Despite not having any experience with traveling through extreme cold and being warned about the cold beforehand, the man still decided that he would be able to make the journey alone. He underestimated nature and overestimated his ability to get through the cold. If the man hadn't been overly confident in his means to survive in the extreme temperature, he wouldn't have died.
  • Forming relationships can be very helpful
  • When the man made the first fire, the dog was anxious to leave and continue with their journey. The dog knew that it wasn't safe and that it was best to stay by the warmth. However, because the man didn't pay enough attention to the dog, he didn't think of the reason behind his hesitation to move forward.
  • In the story, after the main character got his foot wet, he decided to build a fire to warm up. He managed to get it started, but then snow from a nearby tree fell onto his fire and extinguished it. The main character knew that he needed to build the fire in a clear location. However, he was cold, tired, and didn't want to have to drag the tree branches farther out. The man found an easier solution to his problem at the moment, but later on, it just made his situation worse.
  • In the text, because the dog doesn't have any kind of relationship with the man, he doesn't try to warn him of upcoming danger. The dog is only concerned for himself. Furthermore, if the man had had a relationship with the dog, he most likely would not have tried to kill it and it would have been more helpful instead of just following the man along.
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