Analysis Of 'The Open Boat And To Build A Fire'

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In the story “The Open Boat”, there are four men who are a captain, a cook, an oiler and a correspondent. They were in a tiny boat after their ship sank off the coast of Florida. At first, the crew thought they could be rescued because of the house for refuge and a couple of people showing on the beach. But the fact was cruel so that they were required to depend on themselves. So the captain decided to swim to shore when they still had the strength. In the end, everyone was rescued except the oiler. As similar as “The Open Boat”, “To Build a Fire” is a story about nature and human too. “To Build a Fire” is a story that happened in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. A man tried to travel across the white snow of the Yukon to join his companions in extremely cold temperature just with a native dog, even after an old timer advised him not to do this. After the man broke through the ice and wet himself to the knees, he built a fire under the …show more content…
Nature doesn’t care what human beings are suffering or how hard humans have worked. Nature always plays a role that creates incessant difficulties. After humans solve one problem, there is another roughness coming over. For example, in “To Build a Fire”, the man’s hands were too numb to pick up a match, so he decided to picked it up in his mouth and scratched it on his leg. However, eventually, the match fell into the snow because “ the burning brimstone went up his nostrils and into his lungs, causing him to cough spasmodically” (121). Nature is too indifferent to give the man another chance to live. Moreover, in the both stories, the strongest and hardworking man is the dead one, which is ironic. So, instead of the fear of death, people should calm down and show respect to

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