A Marxist Reading of Jack London’s "To Build a Fire" Man does not exist as an isolated entity. Man exists as only one part of a society. In an effort to privilege himself from the masses, man may try to exclude himself, elevate himself, or in extreme cases lower himself to escape from the parameters of the society in which he lives. Ultimately, however, it is society which forms the context for the existence of man. In Jack London’s To Build a Fire, the protagonist seeks to assert his independence by acting beyond the parameters of human existence. In isolating himself through his actions, the protagonist ultimately fails in a battle with nature which can only offer him death. In his attempt to live as a solitary agent within the world,...The end:
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