To Build a Fire

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The story begins with the man’s departure from the main Yukon Trail onto a little-traveled trail that will lead to his destination. This departure off the main trail symbolizes a transition and a risk… (read full symbol analysis)
“The boys” are how the man refers to his traveling companions who he’ll meet up with at the end of a day of solo travel. The boys, who never appear within the space of the… (read full symbol analysis)
Like the boys, the old man at Sulphur Creek is a character used repeatedly throughout the story as a symbol. The man thinks often about this old man who gave him the advice that… (read full symbol analysis)
Fire means the difference between life and death in a setting as cold and bleak as the one presented in London’s story. The title of the story also keys the reader into the important role… (read full symbol analysis)