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  • Sophistic Movement
    562 words
    The vast majority of today's society isn't the slightest bit aware of the tremendous influence the sophistic period of thought has had and continues to have on modern western politics. But how could a supposedly highly educated and intelligent people be so ignorant of such an important and significant epoch in our history? It was during the fifth century B.C. when the sophistic movement, founded by a man named Protagoras, was at its prime. The sophist were recognized as highly skillful teachers ...
  • Heeding Internal And External Warnings
    668 words
    In the story "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, there are three principal themes. They are respecting nature, and considering results of actions. The main theme, or universal truth, is heeding warnings. The themes are shown through the character and his actions. The main character in the story had an attitude that prevented him from heeding internal and external warnings. He did not respect nature's power, and therefore he paid with his life. His attitude was arrogant and careless. The man had no...
  • Obvious Examples Of His Lack Of Intelligence
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    Intelligence (Book: To Build A Fire) There are characters at many levels of intelligence in literature. In Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" the character lacks any intelligence. The cold "did not lead him to mediate upon his frailty as a creature of temperature, and upon man's frailty in general, able only to live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold" (483). This weak minded character thinks that, "Any man who is a man could travel alone" (484). Some people think that the cha...
  • Camp With Men And Fire
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    Interpretation "To Build a Fire" In the story 'To Build a Fire' by Jack London, a man is travelling through the klondike in Alaska to find his friends, 'the boys'. Because the man is only quick and alert to the things of life and not the significance, he finds himself in some very bad circumstances. The man experiences several instances of bad luck such as getting wet up to his knees, the spruce tree dumping snow on his fire, and matches falling through his numb fingers and going out in the snow...
  • Man And The Dog
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    To Build a Fire The short story 'To build a Fire' by Jack London, tells about the relationship between man and nature. The story takes place in the Yukon during one of the long night. The main character who is unnamed travels with a dog along a small trail to a mining camp. The man leaves against the advice of a local and after a short time realizes that he should have waited. The temperature is extremely cold because the mans spit freezes before it hits the ground. The main obstacle of his jour...
  • Traveler Vs Nature
    832 words
    A lack of Respect 'To Build a Fire'; by Jack London is a short story about a man traveling along the Yukon River in the bitter winter weather. While warned against traveling alone in the frigid cold, he ventures out to meet his companions at a remote camp many miles away, with only his dog. Overcome by nature's power, he eventually perishes along the way, leaving his four-legged partner to complete the journey alone. The story displays how the forces of nature can surprisingly overwhelm even the...
  • Comes Pechorin
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    There are many ways to tell a story and Mikhail Lermontov was able to employ the use of narrative voice and its many uses in A Hero of Our Time. With his uses he is able to paint a picture of the books anti-hero, Pechorin and enlighten the reader on the character of a disturbed man. This man is scarred in some ways from life and does not know how to deal with the scars life has dealt him. This inability is first shown in the narration of Maxim Maximych. Maxim recounts his story of meeting Pechor...

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