The man’s lack of imagination is what caused his peril. If he had more imagination, he could have thought of some way to save himself from freezing to death, he could have been like: Hey these trees, they sure are worth a lot of money but I could make shelter from this storm and get warm. He would have thought before he decided to build a fire RIGHT next to the tree and maybe not waste all his matches, pack more matches. No he decided: I’m a man. The old man is a shell of a man but I’m a man. If he had imagination he could’ve been more aware of his surroundings and note that the ice would break and he’d get wet.