DE19 - Michelle Duan DE19 hubris |(h)yoobris| noun excessive pride or self-confidence(in Greek tragedy excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods

DE19 - Michelle Duan DE19 hubris |(h)yoobris| noun...

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Michelle Duan December 14, 11 DE19 hubris | ˈ (h)yo ͞ obris| noun excessive pride or self-confidence. • (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis. How might “To build a Fire” be read as an allegory of man’s condition in the universe? Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” tells the story of a man hiking through the Yukon in the bitter cold, aiming to reach a safe camp. It communicates the amorality of nature to earth’s inhabitants. In this man’s case, he encounters bitter misfortunes, “faults” and “mistakes” on his way to the camp that ultimately leads to his death. The allegory suggests that man in nature is alone; nature is coldly unaware of man’s needs; even were it not, man is still insignificant. Here, nature’s permanence can be taken into account for its’ indifference; nature has existed before anything else on this universe- all other life came after. Thus, nature can be symbolic of an “omniscient god,”

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