He Was Without Imagination

In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” he tells us that the main character is without imagination. Without really thinking about it we think that this can’t be much of a problem. However, it is like not feeling pain, I think. Besides, Jack London specifically targets this as a main reason the man dies. I think that because the man did not have have any imagination he lacked the drive to bring a companion when the old timer at Sulphur Creek tells him to. Without imagination he doesn’t think about him needing a companion because of the horrible things that happen during frostbite, instead he just thinks that it would be a hindrance to bring along another friend. The lack of imagination makes it so he no longer feels that the dog is a living creature but instead is just a tool to use. This would be considered inhumane by today’s standard’s. However, Jack London puts so much emphasis on this that we have to think, “What are the complications of a human in Pleasant Grove didn’t have imagination.” Without imagination humans would not be where we are today, it is because of imagination that humans thought that creating steam and using oil would run a boat, or a car. In essence, imagination is intelligence. Because of imagination humans are separated from the rest of the animal kingdom.

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