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To Build a Fire Analysis

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Katie Eichhorn

on 24 October 2012

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To Build A Fire Characters Examples of Figurative Language Plot: The plot of this story is the man trying to get to the camp where all of his boys are at, but what's holding him back from getting there faster is the freezing conditions. Protagonist- The man
Antagonist- The man's pride and nature
Minor Character- The old man at Sulfer Creek
Static Character- The dog
Dynamic Character- The man because at first he thinks he can conquer the wilderness, but in the end it kills him
Characterization- Internal because there is no dialogue, it is just a story about his thoughts By: Jack London Summary: Link to story summary-
http://www.gradesaver.com/to-build-a-fire/study-guide/short-summary/ Reading: pg. 492, second paragraph-end Allegory: The Man; the dangers of being new and overly-confident. Foreshadowing: When the old man tells him that there is no way that he can make it through those harsh, cold conditions alone. Suspense: While reading the book, we don't know if he's going to survive or not. Setting: Conflict: The conflict of the story is that he's trying to survive in the cold weather, and he's too stubborn to believe that he can;'t do it by himself. The setting is in Alaska, on the Yukon trail. Around 9 o'clock in the morning. He's walking along a river in timbered area. Speaker: Point of View: 3rd Person Omniscient
The person that is narrating the story is the man who is trying to get to the camp. The speaker in this story would be the main character or the man who is walking along trying to get to the camp where is boys are at. Imagery: Examples of Symbolism in "To Build A Fire" Symbolism: Something that represents something that has meaning or character. An examples of imagery in this short story would be: Him describing how he feels the numb tingly feeling because his hand and feet are numb When he describes the fire, and how warm it feels and how its making his finger and toes not as numb as they were. The fire: It symbolizes hope for the man to find safety and to keep from freezing to death.
The dog: It represents compassion.
The ice: It represents what's going to kill him. Metaphor- "There was the fire snapping and crackling
and promising life with every dancing flame."
Simile- Running around like a chicken with its head cut off
Personification- Dancing flames of fire
Connotation- Poignant: painfully affecting feelings
Denotation- Anesthetic: medicine that causes loss of the sensation of pain
Diction- caught a scent of death, he ran blindly, the dog snarled, whined, and struggled In conclusion, genre of our story is drama/ adventure. This story shows how man's pride can cloud his judgment and cause bad, even fatal consequences. Conclusion About Jack London:
-Born in San Francisco, California on January 12, 1876
-His mother was Flora Wellman
-Most believe his father was Chaney because Flora was living with him at the time. No one knows for sure because his birth records were destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906 along with his birth home.
-In 1885 London found and read Ouida's long Victorian novel "Signa". He credited this as the seed of his literary success
-he held many jobs throughout his young life, including working at a bowling alley, cannery, jute mill, laundry house, power plant, worked on an ice wagon, fishing boat, as a janitor, and as a roustabout.
-It wasn't until after this that he became a novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist.
-Jack London spent 80,000 dollars on his dream home that later burned a few days before they were going to move in.
-The majority of his pieces were fewer than 7,500 words
-He died on November 22, 1916 at the age of 40 inGlen Ellen, California of uremic poising.
-Some think he died of a painkiller overdose to stop the pain of his uremic poising because it also causes kidney stones.
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