In "To Build a Fire," what are some details describing how cold it is outside?  

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In Jack London's celebrated short story "To Build a Fire," the ignorant newcomer attempts to travel ten miles across the Yukon wilderness in temperatures dropping to seventy-five degrees below zero. Throughout the newcomer's dangerous, treacherous journey, the narrator conveys the cold environment to the audience by describing the harsh natural elements and depicting how the extremely cold temperature adversely affects the newcomer. When the newcomer begins his journey, he attempts to spit saliva from his mouth, and it instantly freezes before hitting the ground. London writes,

"There was a sudden noise that surprised him. He tried it again. And again, in the air, before they could fall to the snow, the drops of water became ice that broke with a noise" (2).

The newcomer is not alone on his journey, and travels with is intuitive, cautious dog. Although the newcomer does not recognize the danger, the dog is aware of their present crisis. London once again describes the extreme temperature...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 19, 2020