Homework Help

Through what images does Jack London  create the mood of his story "To Build A Fire"?I...

user profile pic

mikilovesufor... | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM via web

dislike 3 like

Through what images does Jack London  create the mood of his story "To Build A Fire"?

I believe the mood to be an uneasy, apprehensive one. Can anyone help me to find what images he uses to create this mood?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 3 like

In Jack London's famous story "To Build A Fire", he uses many images to create the mood of the story.  At the beginning, the day breaks dark and cold which is not a good sign for a rookie in Alaska.  London even mentions that the man is new to the wilderness and doesn't listen to the old timer's caution about the cold.  The man leaves with only a dog and his lunch which really is not enough preparation.  Even the dog is uneasy whining about wanting to stop and be near a fire.  The man keeps going and when he reaches the frozen river, even he fears the hidden springs.  He makes the dog go first even though the dog is afraid; when the dog breaks through the ice, the man takes off his glove to help  and is surprised at how fast his hand goes numb.  Still, he doesn't really heed the warning, keeps going, and of course, gets wet when he falls through.   Each of these moments  create an image of a man without imagination who doesn't listen to experience, and taken together, create a dark sense of foreboding that the death of this man is almost inevitable.  At the end, the dog is sensible enough to leave the dead man and look for a camp to provide fire and food.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes