Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the dog's and the man's ability to survive in "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. 

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Jack London approaches his story “To Build a Fire” comparing man’s knowledge versus the dog’s instinct. The conflict for the protagonist is man versus nature. 

Nature has no intention of defeating or conquering the man.  Nature “is what it is” whether it is 100 degrees or seventy-five degrees below zero. This is the Yukon which is one of the coldest places on earth. It is the man’s choice to try to survive in a hostile environment that makes the conflict in this story.

The man will try to prove that he has the knowledge to survive the powerful force of nature. The external conflict places the man in the untenable position of walking many miles in extreme cold. London makes the point that the man is completely isolated. His only companion is a dog.  

"The Yukon lay a mile wide and...

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