"To Build a Fire" and Writing Style Book Review by Peter Pen

"To Build a Fire" and Writing Style
A critical evaluation of Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire".
# 107022 | 2,628 words | 0 sources | 2008
Published on Aug 19, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper contends that "To Build a Fire", is one of the finest examples of London's fictional brilliance and how his style alone sets him apart as one of the most memorable writers of modern American writing. The author discusses how he admires London's captivating and true-to-life style of addressing the primal relationship between man and the forces of nature and how his frank style should not be underestimated.

Point of View

From the Paper:

"Although the physical setting of the story in the Yukon was pertinent to the plot of the story and the storyline itself, my opinion is that it was not important to the overall meaning. Did the author describe the setting in clear and vivid detail? Yes, absolutely. Did the author depict the setting in such a way as to transport the reader there? Definitely. I had no issues with London's use of the setting itself or how he described it, but in terms of using it to expose some measure of meaning in the story, I think the setting is interchangeable. In other words this same story, allowing for certain necessary adjustments to the plot, could take place anywhere. Anywhere that man could encounter nature that is. London could have placed this man in the desert, the middle of the ocean, in a jungle, on a mountaintop or in a cave and still have been able to express the theme. "

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