To Build a Fire by Jack London

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What is the common theme of London's two stories, "To Build a Fire" and "The Law of Life"?

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The common theme in both "To Build a Fire" and "The Law of Life" by London is the power of nature and man's solitary struggle for existence in the wild. In "To Build a Fire," the protagonist goes out alone with his dog into the Yukon wilderness against the advice of others. In doing so, he falls victim to the freezing, cold temperatures, the whims of nature. He tries to keep a fire going, but his attempt fails. Throughout the story, he struggles for survival only to die while attempting to keep warm.

On the other hand, in "The Law of Life," Koskoosh, the elderly native, is left behind by his tribe to die in the wilderness. He, too, is solitary, yet unlike the protagonist in "To Build a Fire," he understands the power of nature. He is prepared to die. In this story he is likened to a moose which he once saw struggle to live; however, he does not struggle against the law of life. He knows that death is inevitable and is prepared to die.

Both men face nature differently, but in the end, both...

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