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To Build a Fire

To Build A Fire - Jack London A man struggles to build a fire to survive darkest winter in the depths of the Alaskan backwoods. This short story packs in many of Jack London's favorite themes: man vs. the elements, the cruel yet perfect struggle for survival, the majesty of the Alaskan frontier, the unique relationship between man and canine in the arctic, and the unfeeling mechanistic tyranny of the physical world. More than most of London's oeuvre, To Build a Fire works best allegorically.