To Build a Fire

The lesson I have learned from "To Build a Fire" is to never ignore advice from a person who has more experience in something than you do. One of the times the man thinks about advice from the "old-timer on Sulphur Creek" is when "he thought in the moment of controlled despair that ensued: after fifty below, a man should travel with a partner". This quote shows that the man had ignored all of the advice that came from "the old-timer" and now regrets the action. Another quote that shows that the man was scornful about the advice that was given to him by the old-timer when he thinks "Well here he was; he had had the accident" and "he had saved himself ". This makes readers think that maybe he was trying to prove the "old-timer" wrong by ignoring the advice he was given. The man also says that the "old-timers were rather womanish", which not only means that he thinks low of women, but also that he thinks that he could prove people with more experience with something wrong, and had ignored all of the advice he was given. As you can see, even though you can learn many lessons in "To Build a Fire", I think that the most valuable lesson taught by the story is to never ignore advice given to you by someone with experience.  

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