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To Build a Fire Marilee Williams Honors English Mrs. Cristobal 12/22/11

Introduction • The antagonist have to be a human being? In this story it’s the establishing that pulls the character down and killed him. The story is well explained including his thoughts, and feelings. The man was hoping for the light, happiness but the pain from the environment banished his vision of that beautifully made sun.

Jack London Biography • He was born without his father, Jack grew up in a poor neighbor in Oakland, California. As a boy, he escaped from all those poverty and loneliness was reading books. He borrowed money to buy himself a boat to be a oyster pirate on San Francisco Bay. Later, he learned about Canada’s mining so he sailed north. He find no gold, but he discovered something worthy. The stories that go around in Canada, that inspired him to write.

Klondike Gold Rush • Klondike Gold Rush was a huge boom to the world, the people thought that they will get richer quicker. A lot of people went to Canada for the gold, but less than half of those people completed the trip. From border of America to Dawson City, it took the miners around three unstable weeks.

Plot Structure • The man started his trip, and was looking forward to be at the bright place. The trail is painfully long one, he told himself that he is used to absence of sun to keep the positive inside him. And when he made fire, he took off his shoes to let them to thaw from the numbness. Then, he tried it second time but failed and left his feet to freeze. He had a husky dog at his heels waiting for him to make him fire, and hoped him to make him fire when that man is dying on floor of snow. He came out of his own body and watched himself lying on ground and having a satisfying sleep. To build a fire, you got to be standing and prepared.

Mood • Mood of the story based on the author’s word choices. Jack London have that way of making readers feel suspenseful from his way of describe the environment, with his excellent words choice. • “But all this–this mysterious, far-reaching hairline trail, the absence of sun from the sky, the tremendous cold, and strangeness and weirdness of it all—made no impression on the man.” • This well picked example above is the sentence with many long, and adjective words. The description of the setting contributes to the readers’ imagery of the story better and understands the feelings of the main character better.

• With the author’s wonderfully idea of telling the story, did made me understand, and gain my knowledge about the environment in the story. The environment is obviously too awful for the main character, but the author adds some hope into his words to make us look the concept in better way than we would. Here’s an example: • “Then the man drowsed off into what seemed to him the most comfortable and satisfying sleep he had ever known. The dog facing him and waiting.” • The man is dead, but the words changed themselves into something lightening. Sometimes it is better when the story makes you analyze more, in that way it makes you feel the way they felt.

Setting and Conflict • The antagonist is the setting of the story, main character is struggling to keep himself alive because of the setting is too tremendous for him to fight. • “…he lacked endurance. Several times he stumped, and finally he tottered, crumpled up, and fell. When he tried to rise, he failed.” • His endurance failed him because of the setting its too cold for him to be pumped up for running. He keeping trying but his body couldn’t do it, the numbness is stopping him from rising.

• Conflict between the character and setting, they both is too far apart from each other to be able to combine their self. The man keep wanting more from the setting but setting apparently doesn’t want him to have any glint of sun, happiness. • “At twelve o’clock the day was at its brightest. Yet the sun was too far south on its winter journey to clear the horizon.” • Antagonist is supposedly a opposing from the main character, but I would say that the man is not compatible enough to be in that kind of environment. Now image yourself in your first cold winter and had nobody to be your backbone during the trip, that’s what that man did.

Connection • I can totally relate to that man in this story, in my childhood my setting is not the best. I was abused, verbally, and neglected. I was hoping for the wonder woman to come and randomly rescue me, but I got cops instead. Deep inside, I’m dead. I’m not living with my ‘beloved’ birth family, and that family is torn apart. But I am looking this situation as a good thing, because if it wasn’t for police I wouldn’t be the same person as I am right now. You know, sometimes when you decided to look at things in terrible way, it will take you away to darker places.

To Build a Fire  

This story was written by Jack London