In "To Build a Fire," how does the man in the story allow his pride to interfere with his survival?

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In "To Build a Fire," the primary reason for the man's death is not the cold itself or the lack of a fire, although these are the most direct and empirical reasons. The real reason is his pride, in that he never should have been out alone in the first place. 

We can immediately see elements of pride—or at least naive confidence—in the man's character. He is mentioned as being new to this country, and so to him, 50 degrees below zero is just a number; he fails to understand the way in which this mere number will affect...

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