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How was the man's death foreshadowed in "To Build a Fire" by Jack London?

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In the first part of the story the narrator emphasizes the cold temperature. The man is continually being surprised that it is so much colder than he expected. This seems ominous.

He was surprised, however, at the cold. It certainly was cold, he concluded, as he rubbed his numbed nose and cheekbones with his mittened hand.

Eventually the narrator states explicitly what the exact temperature is, while at the same time he describes how the dog knows instinctively that it is too cold to be out hiking.

The animal was depressed by the tremendous cold. It knew that it was no time for traveling. Its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to the man by the man's judgment. In reality, it was not merely colder than fifty below zero; it was colder than sixty below, than seventy below. It was seventy-five below zero. 

Seventy-five below zero Fahrenheit sounds dreadful to the reader. How could anybody stand such an extreme? The reader sides with the dog. It was no time for traveling. The narrator...

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