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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and Jack London's To Build A Fire Stephen Crane's short story, "The Open Boat" speaks directly to Jack London's own story, "To Build a Fire" in their applications of naturalism and perspectives on humanity. Both writers are bleak in their views of humanity and are acutely conscious of the natural world. The representations of their characters reveal humans who believe that they are strong and can ably survive, but these personalities several times violate themselves that can cause an understanding of their own mortality because they confront passing. In "To Build A Fire", the principal conflict throughout is man versus character even though it would be erroneous to say that nature goes out of its way to attack the man. The fact of the matter is, nature would be equally as cold without the individual's presence regardless of him being there.The surroundings for a whole is totally indifferent to the guy, as it often is in naturalist literature. The bitter environment doesn't assist him in any way, and it will not notice whether he perishes. In the exact same way, the dog does not care about the guy, only about itself. Ironically enough though, since the man was dying that he was getting upset toward the puppy due to its natural warmth, the instincts that it had, along with its own survival skills and those were the elements that the guy lacked for survival. It is ironic that the guy had to die so as to figure out that person's fragile body cannot endure in nature's harsh elements, no matter an individual's natural over-confidence and mental strength. The protagonist of the story, who is intentionally not provided a name, since the idea that the environment will decide his fate rather than his free will. The Man is made to accept that he is not invinc...