To Build a Fire

The biggest lesson learned in this story is to observe and understand your surroundings for two reasons. First, "the mysterious, far reaching hairline trail, the absence of the sun from the sky, the tremendous cold, and the strangeness and weirdness of it all -- made no impression on the man." I think this supports my initial statement because in the quote, even though he was on a thin trail with tremendous cold, he didn't really pay attention to it. Finally, "He should not have built the fire under the spruce tree. He should have built it in the open. But it had been easier to pull the twigs from the brush and drop the directly on the fire. Now the tree under which he had done this carried a weight of snow on it's boughs... Each time he had pulled a twig he had communicated a slight agitation to the tree -- an imperceptible agitation, so far as he was concerned, but an agitation sufficient to bring about the disaster. High up in the tree one bough capsized its load of snow... It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out!" This quote supports my begging statement because it tells us how he failed to notice that he was building a fire under a tree filled with snow, waiting to drop down on him.

I think this image is important because it represents his charred remains of his last chance of survival.