What is the significance of the title, "To Build a Fire"?Could you please explain the significance of the title.

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The significance of the title is simple.  The book is about a man who embarks on a journey into the frozen wilderness.  He is advised to not make this trip and ventures to go anyway, seemingly unprepared.  The simple act of building a fire would keep the man warm and alive. 

The title symbolizes the simplicity of survival that the character is unable to achieve.  Since the man cannot maintain a fire to keep himself alive, the author uses this title to represent the conflict in the book, man vs. nature.  The man is revealed to be foolish and stubborn having brought very little in the way of supplies into the frozen wilderness.