The Importance Of Nature In To Build A Fire By Jack London

Intro into survival of the fittest before the quote. “The phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ has often been used to describe the circumstances of natural selection, the idea that only those most prepared to survive in their environments do so” (). In “To Build a Fire”, Jack London wrote about a man who decides to take a journey alone through the Yukon in the extreme cold; the temperature was 75 degrees below zero. The man had no experience, was single-minded, and had a lack of respect for the nature. Through “To Build a Fire” London is trying to urge the reader to see the importance of the signs of nature and how they are critical to survival. The man does not have any common sense, nor does he think about the possible events that could occur. …show more content…
Just like how he had to build a fire for this wet feet. To survive he has to warm up before his feet froze. The man wished he had a trail mate so he would not have to be in such tragedies. But he did not have anyone but the dog. As he was trying to build another fire, he notice the dog all curled around warmly. He is slightly jealous of the dog for being able to keep warm. “The sight of the dog put a wild idea into his mind. He remembered the tale of the man, caught in blizzard, who killed a steer and crawled inside the carcass, and so was saved” (London 131). He felt that the only way to survive this cold weather is to kill the dog and crawl inside its corpse to get warm. Those are the concepts of “survival of the fittest”, sadly the nature did not rule in his favor. He finally came to realization that he has no control over the …show more content…
The nature is unmoving just like the man; nobody could change or overcome it. “ The man dies not because of bad luck or bad genes (neither of which is subject to moral judgment) but because of a bad ideology—a bad attitude toward the planet” (). “To Build a Fire” is easily comparable to the reality because a person that is not careful and evaluates the circumstances before putting his/herself into it. People will look at it as an advantage to walk all over on another. Just like in the story, the man went through the cold without thinking about the “what ifs” so nature took the advantage of

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