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February 18, 2007

Animal Survival

London, ''To Build a Fire'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Then it turned and trotted up the trail in the direction of the camp it knew, where were the other food-providers and fire-providers."

This story is haunting, it reminds you that animals are sometimes more adapted to survive in the wild. That when humans travel in to such conditions that we are now in their territory. It gives you a sense of respect for the wild, and is very humbling. Humans feel like they are superior to all, Jack London always reminds us that sometimes we're not.

Posted by SeanRunt at February 18, 2007 11:58 AM

Comments

You're right Sean, London really does show us that we are not as powerful as we think we are. What I thought was interesting about this story is that we get a slight explanation about how the wolf thinks and we see that he doesn't have any real sense of loyalty to the man in the story. He just had a loyalty to man in general because he knew they made his survival less difficult by building the fire and providing him with food. I think this struck me because so often dogs are seen as being "man's best friend."

Posted by: Lorin at February 18, 2007 1:01 PM

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