syllabus 21 ho - Samuel Castrejon Period 0 2/25/12 Syllabus...

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Samuel Castrejon Period 0 2/25/12 Syllabus Week #21 Jack London’s To Build a Fire tells the story of one man’s determination for survival against the merciless power that is nature in the region of Yukon. Jack London was one of the great voices of naturalism for he captivated every great aspect of naturalism in his writing and brought it into popular culture. London often times had a bleak point of view, but his characters always demonstrated the vitality of the human spirit in the face of hardships, the main character of To Build a Fire emphasizes this. In London’s short story, many themes arise that highlight the key ideas of naturalism. Themes such as man’s determination in the face of hardship, nature’s strength over human’s free will, and instinct over intellectualism. These themes ultimately reflect the key ideas of naturalism and naturalist ideas which allows To Build a Fire to show the strength of nature against human will. One of the greatest aspects of naturalism is that individuals do not have free will,
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