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Ch 14: The Short Stories of Jack London

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Review Jack London's most significant short stories with this convenient study guide chapter. These engaging literature lessons and quizzes are great options for students who need to prepare for exams, write essays or catch up in English class.

The Short Stories of Jack London - Chapter Summary

This collection of bite-sized literature lessons covers famous short stories by Jack London, including To Build a Fire. Our expert English instructors will help you review important information pertaining to Jack London's characters, story settings and more. You can work through the chapter at your own pace and take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to solidify your understanding of the material. The chapter is also accessible on any computer or mobile device. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Assess the importance of the setting in To Build a Fire
  • Describe the characters in To Build a Fire
  • Identify the conflict and resolution from the short story

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: The Short Stories of Jack London
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To Build a Fire Setting: Importance & Analysis

1. To Build a Fire Setting: Importance & Analysis

Jack London paints a bleak picture of the Yukon landscape in 'To Build a Fire.' The harsh conditions serve to confound the man on his journey to camp. The man must prove to be master of this setting if he hopes to survive.

To Build a Fire Characters: Description & Analysis

2. To Build a Fire Characters: Description & Analysis

Jack London pits man against nature in his short story 'To Build A Fire'. A lone man faces the extreme cold as he treks through the Yukon to meet his friends. The only other character is his dog which shows a greater amount of respect for Nature than the man does.

To Build a Fire: Conflict & Resolution

3. To Build a Fire: Conflict & Resolution

This lesson will analyze conflict in Jack London's short story 'To Build a Fire.' At the end of this lesson, you will be able to define conflict and analyze its role in story structure and suspense.

A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Summary & Analysis

4. A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Summary & Analysis

Jack London's ''A Piece of Steak'' (1909) is a classic story about the struggles of poverty and the conflict between age and youth. This lesson will summarize the story and discuss its style and major ideas.

A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Setting & Characters

5. A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Setting & Characters

Like much fiction from Jack London, ''A Piece of Steak'' is about survival. His central character, Tom King, is an aged fighter who gets hit with more than punches in this short story set in Australia.

A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Theme & Symbolism

6. A Piece of Steak by Jack London: Theme & Symbolism

Many of Jack London's stories pit man against nature or man against man. In this lesson, we'll see how London's common theme of survival is made apparent in 'A Piece of Steak,' the story of a boxing match between an aged fighter and one with youth on his side.

How to Build a Fire by Jack London: Summary, Setting & Quotes

7. How to Build a Fire by Jack London: Summary, Setting & Quotes

What limits can the human body reach? In the story 'To Build a Fire,' a young miner finds out just what his body can and can not take. When his fire fails, his only friend deserts him, and the cold sets in, the man is alone against the Yukon winter.

To Build a Fire by Jack London: Climax, Theme & Analysis

8. To Build a Fire by Jack London: Climax, Theme & Analysis

All alone in the Canadian wilderness, with only a dog for company, a young miner struggles to build a fire to keep warm. But, when the fire fails, a decision the man makes will put his very life on the line.

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