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What is the climax and resolution of Jack London's short story To Build A Fire?

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The climax of Jack London's short story To Build a Fire occurs when the story's protagonist, simply referred to as "the man," warming himself after falling through the ice in the extreme, frigid cold of the Yukon Territory, discovers the folly of building a fire beneath a snow-covered tree. As anybody who has experience camping or hiking in the woods during winter knows, building a fire underneath a snow-covered tree will invariably result in the snow-covered  branches buckling under the weight of that snow and dumping the icy powder onto the meticulously-crafted fire, extinguishing the individual's sole source of warmth. The point of London's story, however, is precisely this: the folly of man's insistence on believing that he can conquer nature, and the dangers of arrogance. 

London's protagonist is presented as a newcomer to the harsh, forbidding coldness of the far-north during the middle of winter. He is also depicted as suffering from an acute sense of intellectual superiority,...

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