To Build a Fire by Jack London

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Summarize the plot of "To Build a Fire" by Jack London.

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No one is prepared for seventy-five degrees below zero.  The unnamed protagonist of the story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London was warned not to go into this kind of weather by himself if at all.  Nature is not an enemy of man, but neither does it help man. 


The man is accompanied by a dog that has the natural coat to sustain it through the trek; yet, the dog is depressed traveling in this cold.   The man plans to travel to another camp. He leaves at 9:00 a.m. and intends to be at the other camp by 6:00 p.m

The man realizes that he has never experienced cold like this.  He knows that he has to beware of traps of ice he could potentially sink through.

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At noon, the man sits down to eat his lunch.  He cannot keep his hands from going numb and realizes that he has not built a fire.  The man admits that the old timer knew what he was talking about as far as the intensity of the cold. He builds a fire and thaws himself out.

The man resumes his walk. The dog and the...

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