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In Jack London's short story, "To Build a Fire," does the setting such function as a kind of character or antagonist in the story's plot?

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Jack London based his story “To Build a Fire” on his personal experiences. London spent a year in the Yukon searching for gold beginning in 1897. The narration is limited third person. There is only one nameless human character with a large husky dog as his companion. 

The setting of the story arises from the gold rush in the Klondike.  The weather for the story is abnormally cold dropping to seventy-five degrees below zero.  The man has been warned not to go out into this kind of weather by himself however, he is a newcomer, and in his arrogance, chooses to ignore an old-timer’s advice.  He believes that he can make it and that he is prepared for anything that could happen. 

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The conflict in the story is man versus nature.  Although nature would be classified as the antagonist, it must be understood that London did not intend to show that nature was out to get the man. London does not portray...

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