January 30, 2005

Fire and Snow

After reading this story and chapter ten on Foster's manual, i came to the conclusion that this story focusses on many things (But mainly what stood out to me.) Was the coldness and unexperience of the human nature. I saw the snow as if simbolizing man's indiference to nature, to both that nature around him and his own.
It shows the absolute selfishness of man and its cluelessness as well. In the story i saw the character as a man who was trying to outwit the elements around him, thinking, no more specificaly he was certain that his knowledge would outwit the great power of nature itself....he found himself not only proven to be unsuccesful, but also seen as an ignorant, naive being despite all his knowledge.
The dog was a figure of both loyalty and a repesentation of the animal side inside him that he chose to ignore one could even say even his humane side. It was the animal the one who felt the coldness and the fear that he chose to ignore, it was the animal that respected and understood the elements that where taking place around him, in conclution it was the dog "the beast" who held the true knogledge on that voyage, that understood and could perseeve at the sametime unlike its owner.

I also saw the snow as the absence of life, spirit and self, doom and desolation. The fire, the warmth both life and salvation.

Posted by MisheilaPellot at January 30, 2005 3:09 PM | TrackBack

Good observation... the man "knows" more about the cold than the animal, but it's the man's self-confidence that causes him to ignore what his instinct might have told him, had he been listening. The dog doesn't know any tricks or strategies to survive, but it has instinct. I wonder if London is trying to say something about the relationship between instinct and imagination....

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 30, 2005 10:53 PM
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