To Build a Fire


Jack London

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The Main Yukon Trail

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 analysis of The Main Yukon Trail

The Boys

“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 analysis of The Boys

The Old Man at Sulphur Creek

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 analysis of The Old Man at Sulphur Creek


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 analysis of Fire