• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A man travels in the Yukon on an extremely cold morning with a husky wolf-dog.

Extracts from this document...


A man travels in the Yukon on an extremely cold morning with a husky wolf-dog. The man knows it's cold but thinks nothing of it. As it grows colder, he realizes his unprotected cheekbones will freeze, but he does not pay it much attention. Part way through his journey the man falls through the snow at a creek and gets wets to his shins. The man remebers advice from an old timer and knows he must build a fire. The man then proceeds in starting a fire to dry his foot-gear. His fingers and feet are already numb but he thinks nothing of it because he has fire. While the man is taking off his moccasins clumps of snow fall off the tree above his fire and put it out. The man gets scared because he is numb and his fire is out. He quickly sets out to build a new fire but is unsuccesful because his hands are frozen and numb. The man then decides to kill his dog so he can put his hands inside its warm body to warm them up. He gets hold of the dog but because his hands are frozen he cannot get to his knife to kill the dog. so he lets it go. ...read more.


The fire is used as a metaphor after the snow puts out the fire and the man must try to build the fire again. The author writes "He cherished the flame carefully and awkwardly. It was life" The author uses this to show how the fire dictates whether the man will live or die and shows the man is dicated by the power of nature. A simile is used a page later after the man had failed in his attempt to make the fire. the author compares the mans hands to weights when he writes " he had an impression that they hung like weights on the end of his arms" the author uses this simile to show the uselessness of the mans hands because they are numb and frozen. After the man falls into the water the author adds the line "he was angy, and cursed his luck aloud". The authors diction here by using the word "luck" implies the situation was out of the mans control. The author also uses the word "accident" to describe the situation. This also implies it seems fate and the man could not have avoided it. Later after the the snow fell from the tree and put out the fire the author uses an antithesis in the line "his own fault or, rather, his mistake." ...read more.


This is used to show indeference of the man and the author to the man and show the importance of the enviroment in the story. This gives the reader a sense of power the enviroment has over the man. The next rhetorical shift in the very next paragrahp serves to strengthen the message fo the last shift. The shift happens when the author is describing how the mans spit freezes in the air as it falls to the ground, and that it is "undoubtedly colder than fifty below"-but the temperature did not matter. The literary style used by the author and the use of building the narrative rather than the character really works in bringing the message accross to the reader. By focusing less on building the character we can see the auhtors comparison to mankind as whole much easier. In personifiying and builidng the enviroment the author relays to the reader the sense that mans actions are dictated by his enviroment. This really realy the message that man has no free will and that nature has already mapped his fate. By using the words "luck" and "accident" the contrasting "fault" with "mistake" the author succeeded in showing gray area in the man's responsibility; while he should have anticipated the results of his actions, and thus be held liable, he did not, so he cannot be held liable. All together the authors literary style really brought the piece together and made it work. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Wordsworth essays

  1. NATURE, natural, and the group of words derived from them, or allied to them ...

    Health, strength, wealth, knowledge, virtue, are not only good in themselves but facilitate and promote the acquisition of good, both of the same and of other kinds. The person who can learn easily, is he who already knows much: it is the strong and not the sickly person who can

  2. Explore the Relationship Between Literature and Politics In the Work of Romantic Authors.

    women and children who were attending a public meeting, was in contrast to his response to the Luddite riots. 'He told his publisher, Charles Ollier, that ' the torrent of my indignation has not yet done boiling in my veins.

  1. In my opinion, however, the funniest Kaufman's script was his least unknown, the daring ...

    When he found them, he told Lila that he realized that civilization really sucks and that he is ready to be trained to be an ape, just for another chance to be with Lila. When both apes ignored him, Nathan put out the gun, ordering both to take him into their world.

  2. Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and ...

    In Emerson's thought, the individual is mandated to take what he sees fit from his own study of history, to find what is relevant to him and to use it as a source of inspiration in his project of self reliance.

  1. How would you perform the role of Yerma in the opening sequence so that ...

    This reveals an important aspect of her character in some ways it shows her desire for a child even more because she then immediately wants to know everything about how Maria is feeling. The pace of this scene should quicken a lot at this point with the exchange becoming rapid and sharp.

  2. The Project Paper - The short story.

    Beginning with Sartoris (1929), Faulkner in his fiction imagines a Mississippi county named Yoknapatawpha and traces the fortunes of several of its families, including the aristocratic Compsons and Sartorises and the white-trash, dollar-grabbing Snopeses, from the Civil War to modern times. His influence on his fellow Southern writers (and others)

  1. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834), English poet, critic, and philosopher, who was a leader of ...

    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree; Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. Coleridge conveys the idea of harmony and order with Latinate syntax, strong monosyllabic rhymes, and the percussive beat of alliteration.

  2. Wordsworth – his life and works

    nature: which would inspire anyone to embrace and become close with nature. And the fact that his parents used little discipline while they're children were growing up instead giving them much freedom to roam and explore the surrounding area.) Wordsworth held his political involvement responsible for his separation with nature

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work