Essay on Use Of Literary Devices Used By Jack London

1495 Words Mar 30th, 2015 6 Pages
“To Build a Fire” by Jack London
When reading a story, it is often difficult to truly understand the message if the author cannot properly communicate it to the reader. Through the use of literary devices, authors can ensure that readers fully comprehend the meaning of the story. A general theme in literature would be that humans are flawed creatures. However, an author can communicate this in a way that makes the reader relate and understand this message. In Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire”, the author elicits an understanding of the theme. This story follows a tale of a man versus nature scenario, where a man is travelling alongside a dog in the frosty regions of the Yukon. Though there are many warning signs that show that this man should not be travelling at a temperature of seventy-five degrees below zero, the man fails to acknowledge them; choosing to trust himself over others. After encountering some problems, such as when the fire he builds is put out by a pile of snow, the man essentially comes face to face with death itself. After some panic and frenzy, the man decides that if he is going to die, he should meet death “with dignity” (London 113). With a new mindset, he decides he will sleep off to death and does just that. All this would not have happened had he forbid his ignorance to get in the way. Thus this conflict is not so much resolved as simply finished. In “To Build a Fire”, Jack London effectively converses the theme of human ignorance…

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