StudentShare solutions
Got a tricky question? Receive an answer from students like you! Try us!

Book Report/Review example - "To Build a Fire" by Jack London

Only on StudentShare
Book Report/Review
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" tells the tragic story of an unnamed man who travels across the Klondike territory in winter to meet his friends at a mining camp. The setting of the story is Klondike region of Canada near Alaska during the 'gold rush' which began in 1897 and it is believed London drew inspiration from Jeremiah Lynch's book Three Years in the Klondikes…

Extract of sample

Jack London makes his narration poignant by rendering all the feelings and thoughts that passes through the man's mind all throughout the story, and the heroic fight displayed by the man to avert his fate is best narrated by him. The story ultimately ends with the tragic death of the man who fails to cope up with the extreme cold. Jack London is regarded as an idealistic writer as his short stories always bring to the attention of the readers the ideas and ideals that pass through the minds and inner consciousness of his characters. The attempt of this paper is to unearth the idealistic traits in the short story and point out how far Jack London can be regarded as an idealistic writer.
The Columbia Encyclopedia (2007) defines idealism as the "attitude that places special value on ideas and ideals as products of the mind, in comparison with the world as perceived through the senses." ("Idealism," 23491). The man in the story believes in his own ideas and the accepted general opinion that it is unsafe to travel through the wilderness alone does not change his attitude. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Jack Londons To Build a Fire Book Report/Review
He resolves to die in dignity and prepares to freeze to death in the snow.…
Man vs Nature in Hawthornes The Birthmark and Jack Londons To Build a Fire
The point is that although man cannot hope to overcome nature, some men are foolhardy enough to try. Such men usually get adequate warning and advice, and if they choose to ignore these, they are doomed.…
3 pages (753 words)
To Build a Fire by Jack London
He cannot fathom the severity of the extreme cold conditions in the area, nor does he foresee how savage nature can become at times. Though new to the place, the man simply ignores the advice of the old-timer of Sulphur Creek. Unable to survive in the harsh weather condition, he finally freezes to death; a helpless prey to the savageness of nature. The story reveals how the character of a person…
To Build a Fire
there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark" (London). These words, collections of words rather, picture a man rather gloomy person. Fortunately, this is balanced by his apparent realism. This is obvious from the book's main character realistic view that in spite of the dark and grey of the now, the "cheerful orb" (London) will eventually show…
The victim: an analysis of the man's character in "to build a fire" by Jack London
It's easier to conclude that the man has suicidal tendencies to start with since he decided to go on in a journey that would put him in harm's way. Also, the end of the story which shows that he decided to stop fighting and suddenly had the desire to die ("Well, he was bound to freeze anyway, and he might as well take it decently.") (London) seemed to support the claim.However, if a reader would…
Jack Londons To Build a Fire
However, considering the elements of naturalist movement and Man vs. Nature conflict in the story, the principal characteristic of the protagonist is his fight against nature all through the life and his ultimate submission to the greater power of the nature which was most comfortable and satisfying to him.…