To Build a Fire | Critical Essay by Clell T. Peterson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of To Build a Fire.
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Critical Essay by Clell T. Peterson

SOURCE: “The Theme of Jack London's ‘To Build a Fire,’” in American Book Collector, Vol. 17, No. 3, November, 1966, pp. 15–18.

In the following essay, Peterson discusses the motif of the journey in “To Build a Fire.”

Judged simply by the number of times it has been selected by the editors of anthologies, “To Build a Fire” is Jack London's most popular and presumably his best short story. What merit editors find in it, I can only speculate; but I imagine that it is admired as a fine example of a suspenseful story with a strong theme presented in vivid, realistic detail. All this, of course, it is; and it is interesting to recall in this connection that, aside from the death of the protagonist, the...

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