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February 18, 2007

Instinct above intelligence

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.

I'm kind of undecided as to how I feel about this story. I do however, like the fact the dog survives and the man doesn't. All along, the man tries to rely on his intelligence using matches to make fires and uses temperature readings and a map to figure out his location. The dog, on the other hand, has nothing but his instinct. He is able to smell death and able to pick up the scent of another camp. His instincts tell it when the man is trying to kill him and he snarles and backs away from him. I just found it really interesting that he instictively knows to go to the other camp because there's food and fire there. That's why I love dogs! haha...

Posted by CheraPupi at February 18, 2007 10:42 PM


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