Plot in To Build a Fire

Plot Examples in To Build a Fire:

To Build a Fire 1

"Suddenly he found himself with them, coming along the trail and looking for himself...."   (To Build a Fire)

In his dying moment, the man undergoes an out-of-body experience, a separation of the consciousness from the body. London has prepared us for this division throughout the story. The character’s consciousness is typically characterized as existing outside of himself in such phrases as “the thought of it drove him on.” The division between the character’s body and mind brings up again the theme of man versus nature. The passage suggests that the character’s consciousness is part of nature, as opposed to his human body.