Similarities Between Love Of Life And To Build A Fire By Jack London

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Many famous authors have written pieces of literature based on events that are occurring now, or that have happened in history; one of these famous authors is Jack London. Jack London is famous for many writings; two of his short stories include, "Love of Life" and "To Build a Fire". These short stories are acts of history expressed in a literature format. In Jack Londons writing he uses a straight forward style of writing, it is simple to read, yet keeps readers engaged and on the edge of their seats to see what will happen next. In the story "To Build a Fire" there is a man out in the frigid Yukon with his dog, when the man is met by an old-timer at Sulphur Creek; he is warned about the dangers of going into the Yukon alone. The man ignores …show more content…
An example of realism in "Love of Life" is when then men were hiking in the Yukon. They had a very good and real reason to be hiking, they were looking for gold. This was during the Alaskan gold rush in the 1890s. Jack London also used regionalism in his writings; in "To Build a Fire", it says "He was a newcomer in the land, a chechaquo, and this was his first winter." This shows regionalism because in that specific area they call a newcomer a chechaquo. Determinism is another literary movement used; determinism is something that is predetermined and there is nothing a character can do to change it. In "To Build a Fire" London writes, "It did not lead him to mediate upon his frailty as a creature of temperature, and upon man's frailty in general, able to live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold; and from there on it did, it lead him to the conjectural field immorality and the man's place in the universe." This line shows that the man is predetermined to be affected by weather. Jack London uses a lot of examples of naturalism in his stories. In the short story "Love of Life" it says, "... a bone in his mouth, sucking at the shreds of life that still dyed faintly pink. The sweet meaty taste, thin and elusive like a memory, maddened him. He closed his jaw on the bone and crunched. Sometimes it was the bone that broke and sometimes it was his teeth." This sentence shows the impact that nature had on man to make him eat the tiniest pice of meat, and bone to survive. Londons repetitive use of realism, regionalism, determinism, and naturalism show Londons style of

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