So it is no accident that at the heart of the story lies an existentialist theme. In the story, the man is traveling with a dog. He believes he is prepared for this journey, but he really has no idea what he is in for. The representations of their characters show humans who believe that they are strong and can ably survive, but these characters many times overestimate themselves which can lead to an understanding of their own mortality as they face down death. First determine the total square footage of both floors.
They are not concerned with how others view or think of them, they are severely discouraged by micromanagers, are often skeptical, and see administration as equals. . Throughout the story, London hints that the dog has more knowledge of survival than the man. The man and his companion, the dog, were unnamed and this, therein, implies that they are symbols representing the aggregation of humanity and instinctual, animalistic thought. If there was any hope for the man to survive these conditions, it would rely wholey on his persistance and motivation. So the dog made no effort to communicate its apprehension to the man. These concealed streams never freeze, and the depth of these waters might be three inches or three feet.
He rubs his face as he walks, but the skin instantly returns to its numb state once he stops. By introducing his readers to the setting, London prepares them for a tone that is depressed and fear-provoking. But, at that instant, snow falls from the pine trees above onto the man and fire. He is not prepared for these conditions. This fact did not worry the man.
When a disturbance in the environment occurs, such as a wildfire, either part or all of the community is destroyed. The creek is fully frozen, but streams of water run from the hillsides under the snow. How could the feeling of taking over a certain part of the world be like. It senses danger within its environment and acts appropriately to minimize the harm. He seems to be a young adult to middle-aged. Never being exposed to such a harsh climate, draws us to the conclusion that the environment is the. It is this instinct that is responsible for the survival of all animals on earth.
At half past noon, the man stops and builds a fire so he can warm up and eat his lunch. Snow is everywhere, and beneath this snow is a layer of ice. Because of the extreme temperatures, the man cannot afford to make a mistake. The man first scoffs at this advice when he adeptly handles his first accident, but later understands the wisdom in the old-timer's caution: man is not instinctively fit for the harsh, indifferent environment of the Yukon. The dog is not a sentient being as man himself is and cannot therefore be looked upon as being a kindred spirit who shares the bitter existence of the lone, lost soul who is the protagonist. Able is more of a hero because he obeyed God's command and offered the correct sacrifice. The man is not intelligent, despite being practical and resourceful.
Where it had burned was a mantle of fresh and disordered snow. He thinks about dying with dignity after he realizes that he has been foolishly running around when his death is inevitable. Having ignored the advice of an old prospector against traveling alone in such weather, he is accompanied only by his large dog. The thickness of the ice might vary, but there are also springs which ''the coldest snaps never froze. The man knew that such traps existed and how to read signs of their presence. The man leaves against the advice of a local and after a short time realizes that he should have waited.
Ebenezer Scrooge Answer: The protagonist is the force for good or a position in a story. One might not necessarily consider the bitter cold, or the snow and ice, as characters, but they do present the man with many challenges. The fire is the point of survival and warmth. Every warm breath the man exhales increases the ice deposit on his beard. The old-timer had been very serious in laying down the law that no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below. London uses foreshadowing throughout the story leading up to the man's eventual death.
He never uses instinct, which would inform him without thinking that certain actions are dangerous. London places a strong emphasis on the setting in the introduction to the story. Animals living in cold habitats have thick fur and blubber which help them keep warm whereas those living in warmer habitats have just the right amount of fur to help them survive perfectly. All of these situations in the story lead the reader to think the man will die in the end and all the readers' speculations come true as the man does in fact die at the end of the story. He struggles to relight the fire but is unable to.
It is my opinion that throughout most of the story the dog is to represent a living creatures innate instincts although I was lead to question this at the end , the man represents desire and sheer will although he also shows many signs of repressed instinct , and nature represents the force which triggers instinctual behavior perhaps a temporary barrier if obeyed. Every single one of them involved some kind of conflict. It also reflects what London learned in the. In the society where he lived, a fireman burned books, it was illegal for anyone to posses any books. Even after humanity has long passed, the world will not cease its spinning. Animals on the other hand, were created with instinct which man has been able to study.
He feels his lunch of biscuits inside his jacket, warming against his skin. Just as the man did not respect the dog, so too does the man fail to respect the world around him. The dog is surprised that the man sits in the snow and does not make a fire. It opens a window into the human mind, both its instinct and its free-will choice, revealing something very interesting and unique. By the end of the story, he dies as a result of his arrogance. An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Knowing how to build a hall-tree will organize your coats and make your life simpler.