Similarities And Differences Of Books About Human Vs. Nature

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The stories I am going to discuss about are: "Wine on the Desert," by Max Brand, "To Build a Fire," by Jack London, and "The Birds," by Daphne Du Maurier. These stories deal with the conflict of human versus nature. This paper focuses more on what the stories are and how I interpreted them. Other things that are included in this paper are the summaries, comparing, and contrasting. What I'm trying to show with these is the vulnerability of men when confronted with nature.

The story, "To Build a Fire," is about an ignorant man who struggled to get warm in the cold in order to live. He was ignorant because he thought he was better off doing whatever he wanted to go, resulting to a conflict. The man tried many ways in attempt to get warm. After many of the attempts, he finally gave up.

He was unsuccessful and accepted his fate.

The story, "Wine on the Desert," is about a man named Durante who tries to outrun the law because he killed someone. In order to get away from them, he destroyed his friend's water tanks and also destroyed his friend's vineyard doing so. For revenge, his "friend" gave him a canteen full of wine for his journey in the desert. Durante found out about it while he was in the desert and was afraid he wouldn't make it. Durante was right and he died because of the heat and of thirst.

The story, "The Birds," is about a man named Nat who discovers something unusual about the birds coming into town. The birds were acting out of control and were harming and killing people. Nat tries to protect his family by boarding up the house and keeping them out. He tries to...



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