In the novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London, many themes are seen throughout the entire story, helping one to have a more in depth interpretation of what it is truly about. One of the main themes is primitive instincts. Although the main character, a Saint Bernard from sunny California, Buck was raised in a relaxed lifestyle, his life quickly changes when he is kidnapped and sent to the far north to be a sled dog. His life changes in a way far beyond where he lives, what he does, and how he is treated. The harsh environment of Alaska changes his characteristics to where primitive instincts buried deep within him are seen.
Dogs and humans share similar qualities after being domesticated. Domesticated dogs originate from wolves, their ancestor. The Call of the Wild by Jack London is about a dog named Buck who is taken off to the Klondike to be used for a dog sled pack. The narrator throughout the book suggested that Buck would have ultimately rejected civilization and followed his nature. The novel stands on tension being revealed as nature winning rather than civilization, only Thornton is the last tie to that world.
In the novel, The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London, Buck is a domesticated dog adapting and trying to survive in the wild. The topic in this novel is perseverance since the author constantly provides many hints throughout the novel that proves that the topic in this novel is perseverance. It can be seen during the time Buck perseveres in trying to adapt to his situation and understanding his surroundings. Also, when he preservers through all the pain and suffering that is constantly leaking around him and Buck is sometimes rewarded for persevering through the hardships that follow day by day. Thus the theme in the book is in order to be rewarded, one must persevere.
Call of the Wild Essay The title of the book is classified as The Call of the Wild and the author is Jack London. Many people considered this a classic novel for many reasons. For a book to become a classic novel, it has to be in the list of great books and has to have good personal opinions about the book. The Call of the Wild was listed in the list of great books a great deal of times. Also, because many people believe that this book is a book that explains Jack London’s childhood.
On page 176, it reads, “He turned and sat on the bank with his legs in the water and pulled the bag ashore and began the long drag--- he couldn’t lift it---back down the shoreline to his shelter. Two hours, almost three he dragged and stumbled in the dark, brushing the mosquitos away, sometimes on his feet, more often on his knees, finally to drop across the bag and to sleep when he made it to the sand on his doorway. He had done it.” And on page 178, “Unbelievable riches. He could not believe the contents of the survival pack.” Brian proves to be his most valuable resource by getting other resources. Even though he used his hatchet, he dove down to get it and he dragged to the raft.
In the novel “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London, the main character and dog’s name is Buck and he gets dognapped and has to learn to adapt to his new environment, Canada and Alaska. Greed, cleverness, and love are all important key points in the novel. Greed makes people untrustworthy. “... Manuel had one besetting sin. He loved to play Chinese lottery.
Jack London uses symbolism to describe the main character in Call of the Wild, Buck, in ways that other elements could not. For instance, in chapter one the author uses symbolism by saying “Buck lived at a big house in the sun kissed Santa Clara Valley.”(pg.4) The author uses words like “kissed” and “sun” in a pattern that would show that Buck had it all. His life was good and using “sun kissed" would very well remind the reader of a beautiful home in the spring without worries. Later on, in page ten the situation has changed but not the use of symbolism. Buck was kidnapped by one of his master’s workers in exchange for money in the beginning of the story.
For once Buck learns to adjust, “his development was rapid.” Experience is his teacher, like, Sister Carrie’s or Stephen Crane’s Maggie. But his morality was not questioned by the reader because Buck is a dog. London chooses to ignore the moral implications of Buck’s thievery. For Buck’s “new” way of life was new to him only momentarily, London closes out Buck’s discourse on the law of club and fang. He comments on Buck’s strange awareness of memories of a previous life his ancestors had lived precisely as he has to live in his struggle for survival.
Jack London’s back ground and personal beliefs are reflected in his short story To Build a Fire. In this short story, the narrator is traveling through the harsh environment of the Yukon but due to his lack of imagination and experience he finds himself in a life threating situation. As the man navigates a frozen river, he is in high alert of streams flowing beneath the snow that could cause the ice to give way beneath him. After avoiding patches of the streams, he sits down to eat his lunch but forgets to build a fire. When they start back down the trail, the dog has to be forcefully called to the man’s heals because the instincts in the animal are telling it to burrow down in the snow.
Scout realized he did that because many people were afraid that he would hurt them. Boo is not sociable, Many people say that he is a creepy, old, unhappy man. Scout later realizes that he is not mean and that he is generous. Boo finds ways to treat the kids in many different ways. He is a very kind man towards Scout and Jem.