Talk:To Build a Fire

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Past tense[edit]

Please note that "To build a fire" is written in Past Tense! Made major rewritting of plot. Unsure if it needs shortening, if you deem it fit, you may shorten the plot. Fierywindz 04:11, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

Man vs. Nature[edit]

I would have thought that "To Build a Fire" is an example of Man versus Nature, but someone more knowledgeable than me should consider it. (GJD 5 July 2007)

School book report[edit]

this newer version of the pages is from my school report. -Helopusobiwa (7 December 2007) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Helopusobiwa (talkcontribs) 20:04, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Great story[edit]

To build a fire is a great short story. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:10, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Page Deletions[edit]

To who ever deleted the whole page stop it. -Helopusobiwa —Preceding unsigned comment added by Helopusobiwa (talkcontribs) 16:21, 9 January 2009 (UTC)


On Characters: I would like to note that it in fact mentions 1 name, curiously, it's not mentioned anywhere else in the text, it's simply the only name.

Once in a while the thought reiterated itself that it was very cold and that he had never experienced such cold. As he walked along he rubbed his cheek-bones and nose with the back of his mittened hand. He did this automatically, now and again changing hands. But rub as he would, the instant he stopped his cheek-bones went numb, and the following instant the end of his nose went numb. He was sure to frost his cheeks; he knew that, and experienced a pang of regret that he had not devised a nose-strap of the sort Bud wore in cold snaps. Such a strap passed across the cheeks, as well, and saved them. But it didn't matter much, after all. What were frosted cheeks? A bit painful, that was all; they were never serious.

It might be a useful tidbit to add if somebody can figure out who Bud was or why Jack put it in there.

Edit: Found old version, also found reference to nose-straps: Most men wore nose-straps; his partners did, but he had scorned such "feminine contraptions," and till now had never felt the need of them. Now he did feel the need, for he was rubbing constantly. So Bud might be a hunting buddy?

 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:06, 12 July 2009 (UTC) 

This article is too short!!![edit]

"To Build a Fire," is one of Jack London's most critically acclaimed stories...yet when you look up on Wikipedia it's barely two paragraphs long! This article needs to be longer! It is embarassing that a fan of Jack London would look up an article on his most famous story and find barely a page long of information on it!!! Please somebody make this article longer!!! -James Pandora Adams —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:49, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

If you look at the history you can read earlier much longer versions.Chemical Engineer (talk) 20:05, 27 February 2011 (UTC)


I have reverted to the version of a year ago which includes a plot summary. Some proper citation and encylopedic content would be appreciated.Chemical Engineer (talk) 20:15, 27 February 2011 (UTC)


Has anyone noticed that there is a geographical error in Jack London's text? I will not say what it is right now to see if some JL fan could point it out to me...The error I'm referring to appears at the very first page of the narrative. To my knowledge, this error has never been spotted by commentators.I will just wait for one week and then I will tell the readers what it is...Gemb47 (talk) 05:41, 2 April 2011 (UTC) (talk) 05:36, 2 April 2011 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:13, 1 April 2011 (UTC) Well, I guess I should tell the readers what this error is! On the first page of the story, JL writes: "It had been days since he had seen the sun, and he knew that a few more days must pass before that cheerful orb, due South, would just peep above the skyline and dip immediately from view." What this means is clear : the man is walking in a region situated North of the Arctic Circle, the only region in the Northern hemisphere where the Sun disappears for days... But in the next paragraph, we are told " The man flung a look back along the way he had come... This dark hair-line was the trail- the main trail- that led South five hundred miles to the Chilkoot Pass, Dyea, and salt water; and that led North seventy miles to Dawson..." So the man is walking 70 miles South of Dawson, which represents a full degree of latitude. But the latitude of Dawson is 64.04 degrees, so the latitude of the place where the man is walking is about 63 degrees, and where he had come is still further South. This is well below the Arctic Circle(~66.75 degrees), at a latitude where the Sun never disappears completely for days: Dawson's shortest day is about four hours!Gemb47 (talk) 05:52, 10 April 2011 (UTC)


This article has none at all ? (talk) 15:35, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

The man could have survived.[edit]

The man could have survived, he could have built an igloo or snow cave and sheltered there [1] [2] till the boys came to search for him. The dog would have helped keep him warm. I guess 19th century and early 20th century people didn't know that.

  1. ^ How to build an Igloo, survive a blizzard, finish your mission on time This web page gives basic instructions for westerners.
  2. ^ Cold Weather Survival, Shelkters This has instructions about building different types of shelter

Proxima Centauri (talk) 12:18, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Alternatively Jack London may have known that igloos and snowshelters can be built, London may have imagined the man beginning to become apathetic due to hypothermia. Proxima Centauri (talk) 16:19, 21 January 2014 (UTC)