What is "Naturalism" in "To Build a Fire"?
Naturalism is a great literary movement. It focuses on how nature is essentially unaware of mankind's struggles against nature's dominating presence. If nature is aware, then Naturalism says that nature doesn't care about mankind's efforts. Stephen Crane wrote a wonderful short poem that I think encapsulates Naturalism as a literary movement. The poem is "A Man Said to the Universe."
A man said to the universe:“Sir, I exist!”“However,” replied the universe,“The fact has not created in meA sense of obligation.”
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