As deceptive; istead, te dangers, te strength, ‘he intangible pall over the fact of things’ are all too clearly evident, fr nature and truth and cruelty are one; ad it is only because the ‘tremendous cold and the strangeness and weirdness of it all made no impression on the man’ that he suffers” (Josephs, 1962: 183). The man’s inability to pay close attention to nature’s signals of snow and ice is shown in his confidence that he can take care of himself in this environment even though he been there a full season yet and has already fallen through the ice once.
“He remembered the advice of the old-timer on Sulphur Creek, ad smiled. The old-timer had been very serious in laying down the law that no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below. Well, hre he was; h had had the accident; h was alone; ad he had saved himself. Those old-timers were rather womanish, sme of them, h thought” (London, 1908). Despite his belief that he had already defeated the forces of escaping the ice once, te snow and ice continues on seemingly indefinitely suggesting it hasn’t even exerted any effort yet.
When he falls through the ice a second time, hs fear of the vast whiteness and cold around him cause him to forget one of the most basic rules of survival – don’t build your fire under a snow-laden tree. As the tall spruce under which he has created his fire begins to warm up, te snow on its branches begins to melt, fnally dumping its load of on fire and instantly snuffing it out.
Even “with all his knowledge he is still a helpless victim to natural powers and natural forces … [the man] could not survive in the Arctic weather of 75 degrees below zero while the dog, lving only by instinct, wthout mittens, wthout earflaps, wthout a coat, wthout lunch, ad without a fire, sved himself” (Hendricks, 1978: 22). Te dog, rpresenting a close living connection with nature, i not overwhelmed by his supposed knowledge of how to survive and manages to survive a result.
the beginning of the story, te dog can be seen to be a physical manifestation of nature’s mood. It slinks around the man’s ankles as if it were begging the man to return to the safety of the indoors. “The animal was depressed by the tremendous cold. It knew that it was no time for traveling. Its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to the man by the man’s judgment” (London, ) At every. ..
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