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Love of life

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Nick Belanger

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of Love of life

Cause and Effect
Theme- A subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic.
Relation to essential question
Plot Elements
Setting – The setting of a story is the time, place, and social environments

The story takes place in a cold and harsh wild environment. There are wild animals and a scarce amount of edible food.

Style in literature is how the author writes a story. Diction and tone are a huge part of style. In our story the author Jack London uses very descriptive words like in this paragraph “Late in the afternoon he followed a stream, milky with lime, which ran through sparse patches of rush-grass. Grasping these rushes firmly near the root, he pulled up what resembled a young onion-sprout no larger than a shingle-nail. It was tender, and his teeth sank into it with a crunch that promised deliciously of food” In this paragraph alone Jack London manages to fit in so many words to describe the setting and the objects in the setting. He does this to show the sophistication in his writing.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. An example of symbolism in our story is water. In our story water symbolizes safety, because close to the end of the story he made it to the water, and even though he was mentally unstable, he was still alive and safe. Another example of symbolism is the wolf. A wolf can symbolize a perceived threat or for the Christian symbolism a wolf can symbolize evil or the devil.
Love of life
Cause-and-Effect= noting a relationship between actions or events such that one or more are the result of the other or others.

Cause: Bill left the protagonist.
Effect: Bill dies.

Cause: The protagonist is starving
Effect: He has to eat raw meat and bones
How does nature demonstrate its indifference to civilization?
The story, Love of Life by Jack London, relates to the essential question, “How does nature show its indifference to civilization?” For example, a quote in the story says, “This was a day of fog, and this day hunger awoke in him again…he fell squarely into a ptarmigan nest. There were four newly hatched chicks, a day old - little specks of pulsating life no more than a mouthful; and he ate them ravenously, thrusting them alive into his mouth and crunching them like egg-shells between his teeth.” This shows that the protagonist, a man who has found gold in the Yukon, was driven by his hunger, which nature did not try to satisfy, into eating four, raw ptarmigan chicks. Another quote in the story is, “In the late afternoon he came upon scattered bones where the wolves had made a kill…He closed his jaws on the bones and crunched…Then he crushed the bones between rocks, pounded them to a pulp, and swallowed them.” This also shows that nature drove the man by hunger into trying to eat bones. Overall, the story, Love of Life by Jack London, relates to the essential question, “How does nature show its indifference to civilization?”
BY: Jack London
Created by: Nick Belanger, Francis Maglaqui, Erica Torres, and Nhuquynh Nguyen
Plot Elements – a component or element of the plot of a story (exposition, rising action, climax, and falling action)
The main protagonist; whose name was not mentioned sprained his ankle by slipping on a boulder while traveling through a river. He called for his partner; Bill. Bill said nothing, and then abandoned him alone in the wild.
As the man was trying to survive in the wild, he noticed there was a sick wolf following his trail. The wolf was hoping that the man would die because it was so hungry and sick; the wolf wanted him to die because he wanted his meat.
Rising Actions

• He was growing very hungry, and he didn’t have anything to eat. He then spotted a bull, but as he pulled his gun no bullets came out.
• He found some baby ptarmigan, and he ate them because he was so hungry. The other of those ptarmigan saw this and attacked him.
• He encountered a bear while traveling. At that point he was very weak, and the bear was slowly advancing toward him.

Falling Action

• He found a ship that was near him
• As the wolf slowly bit into him, he choked the wolf
The men on the ship came and saved the man.
The men on that ship take him in and offer him food and a place to rest. The man finally gets to go back to civilization.
The theme of love of life is determination because the unnamed man is determined to stay alive. The unnamed man is so determined that he ate raw meat and bones when he was starving to death.
The other theme is survival because the man kept going even though he was tired and hungry. He kept going because he wanted to survive.
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