To Build A Fire

There are many lessons that can be learned from reading the story "To Build A Fire". To me two main lessons stick out. The first lesson is to listen to your elders/more experienced people when they give you advice. "Perhaps the old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right. If he had only had a trail-mate he would have been in no danger now." This quote supports the claim because the man was warned by the old-timer "that no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below." but being an egotistical, stubborn man he decides that he was going to ignore this advice, which then leads him into danger. Aside from this the other lesson that can be learned from reading "To Build A Fire" is to never underestimate nature. All through the story the man never truly understands the power of nature. "Fifty degrees below zero stood for a bite of frost that hurt and that must be guarded against by the use of mittens, ear-flaps, warm moccasins, and thick socks. Fifty degrees below zero was to [the man] just precisely fifty degrees below zero. The there should be anything more to it than that was a thought that never entered [the man's] head.", " It was his own fault or, rather, his mistake. he should not have built the fire under the spruce tree... High up in the tree one bough capsized its load of snow. This fell on the boughs beneath, capsizing them. This process continued... It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out!" Both of these quotes are example of how the man never truly understand the capability of nature, which then lead to the destruction of his lifeline and to his lonely death.

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