Okay, by man, we mean girl. Miyax, to be precise. In Julie of the Wolves, the bulk of the action takes place in the wilderness, and the only human around is Miyax. She comes up against just about every challenge the natural world can throw at a person: wildlife, weather, disorientation, hunger. You name it, and our girl's survived it. But you know what the best part is? At the end of it, she doesn't want to lock herself in a skyscraper and never look at a blade of grass again. In fact, she wants to do just the opposite. Despite the fact that she spent months struggling to survive, she's come to love the natural world and all it has to offer her. She's a rare bird, that Miyax.
The natural world represents freedom in this novel. On the tundra, Miyax is free to make her own choices and do what she pleases because society isn't around to tell her otherwise.
Regardless of all Miyax's admiration and wonder, the natural world in Julie of the Wolves represents danger. The only reason Miyax survived for so long was sheer luck.