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Formal Essay on Conflict in "To Build a Fire"
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Conflict in Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”
In a well-written 6 paragraph essay, identify, discuss, and analyze conflict in Jack London’s short story “To Build a Fire.”
- Make a general statement about characters and conflict in literature.
- Define conflict.
- Identify the title (“To Build a Fire”), author (Jack London), and genre (short story).
- Thesis statement: Identify the conflicts or opposing forces that you will discuss, analyze, and support with DIRECT REFERENCES TO THE TEXT (aka. Quotes and page numbers cited from the story)
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- What external conflict is central to the plot of the story? Give specific examples & CITE AT LEAST TWO DIRECT REFERENCES (QUOTES) TO THE EXTERNAL CONFLICT IN THE TEXT.
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- Is the external conflict in the story resolved? How? Give specific examples & CITE AT LEAST TWO DIRECT REFERENCES (QUOTES) AS PROOF THAT THE EXTERNAL CONFLICT HAS BEEN RESOLVED.
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- Discuss the internal conflict that develops as the story progresses. Give specific examples & CITE AT LEAST TWO DIRECT REFERENCES (QUOTES) TO THE INTERNAL CONFLICT IN THE TEXT.
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- Is the internal conflict resolved? How? Give specific examples & CITE AT LEAST TWO DIRECT REFERENCES (QUOTES) AS PROOF THAT THE INTERNAL CONFLICT HAS BEEN RESOLVED.
- Restate thesis statement
- What is the theme/hidden meaning/message/purpose of this short story? EXPLAIN.
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This is an assignment for writing on how Jack London uses conflict to convey meaning in "To Build a Fire". The instructional goes into depth by explaining all the essay details and giving examples of writing.