Jack London wrote The call of the Wild in 1900 and had it published 1905. The main character, Buck a St Bernard living the good life until he gets stolen and taken to Alaska. After that he is made a sled-dog who is sometimes beaten and starved. But in the end this is a transformation physically and mentally. The story takes place in Miami, Florida for a part of the story until he is stolen and taken to a remote part of Alaska. More characters of this story would be Spitz, the dog-sled leader that didn’t like Buck and died to him after trying to kill him. Another character would be Curly, a dog who took a liking to Buck ,but in the end died to mysterious odds. Some themes associated with the story are Primitivity, Knowledge and Wisdom, Suffering, and Perseverance. (Shmoop Editorial Team)
London carried with a ease and sureness of perception that appeared also to be “without effort of discovery”- through the ages of fire and roof to the beginnings of animal creation. The theory of racial instinct, that was at the start, through long axons, a very conscious and alert process behavior indeed. This theory, as developed by such figures as Samuel Belter, Bergson or Jung, Similarly, the scene in which Buck finally disposed Spitz as the leader of the team surrounded by the ring of huskies waiting to kill and eat the vanquished king. He was a perfect instance of the ‘son-horde’ theory which Frazer traced in The Golden Bough, and of that primitive ritual to which Freud himself attributed both a sense of original sin and the fundamental
The Call of the Wild: Buck learns to adapt. “Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time”, said John Wooden . A theme for Jack London's “The Call of the Wild” is adaptability is essential for survival. At the beginning of the book Buck realizes he has to adapt to the North. First, Buck learns how to survive from people.
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. The culture of generations of civilizations fell from Scruff Mackenzie, the same process occurs through Buck’s atavism.
In the novel of the Call of the Wild, Buck tried to adapt to his new and difficult life. He was forced to help the men find gold; he experienced a big transformation in him. At the end, he transformed into a new and different dog. Buck went through physical, mental and environmental changes. In my essay, I talked about how Buck was like at the beginning, what he changed into, and how he was forced to adapt his new environment, and underwent these changes.
The difference in climates and environment creates different obstacles and things that have to be learned in order to survive in the wild(Napierkowski). Besides just the setting he also had to face the wild. A theme of the story is civilization vs. the wild. His life was changed over a period of time. The title itself says “The Call of the Wild”.
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.
What is more important in a wolf? Beauty, or brutality? Jack London perfectly portrays this in his novel “Call of the Wild” by using excellent word choice. When Jack London uses diction, or word choice, he can compare the beauty of the wolves in the Klondike and the savageness of them. London shows that the savage wolves did not care if they were on the ground, or wounded, they would attack and kill them.
In The Call of the Wild the author, Jack London, describes Buck as “king over all… things”. The narrator refers to him in this way to show the dominance and superiority Buck has in the area he lives in. In multiple lines, he is reported to have done many things from hunting to guarding children. It is also said that he lived a life full of power as evident from this line: “…he had lived the life of a stated aristocrat…”. Although Buck is not really a king, he still has the traits of being a king, thus the reason he is referred to as one.
Chapter four in my opinion was one of the more sad ones. The dogs had all been beaten down and most were killed. The men that owned Buck died. And Buck and his team were sold to some stuck up rich people who didn 't have a care in the world for them. I didn 't like this chapter I would change a lot of thing in this chapter of Call of the Wild.
Have you ever wanted to live in Alaska and travel all through the Yukon delivering mail, panning for gold, or go hunting for moose? In the adventure novel Call of the Wild by Jack London, the main character Buck goes from pampered pup to wild beast, Buck travels around Alaska going from city to city, fighting to survive in the dangerous Yukon. Slowly throughout the book, Buck’s permeative instincts come out and isn’t like a house dog. He becomes tougher and learns how to hunt, dig holes in the snow to sleep in and learns to never get knocked down in the fight. All throughout the book, Buck slowly turns into a wild dog and lets his inner wolf come out, one way he does this is he digs a hole and learns that he 's not going to have a warm bed anymore.
Buck’s great genes and extensive training have allowed him to become more agile than any foe he is pitted against. So when Jack London is talking about Buck fighting a pack of wolves he say “he was everywhere at once” meaning that buck is so quick to strike that there is nowhere that the wolves aren’t vulnerable. The inclusion of this hyperbole gives us a sense of how Buck has evolved from a simple house dog to a wild killer of great strength.
The fear of death is maybe the world’s greatest fear. In the film, High Noon, and the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” both characters show a sign of fear in the main conflict. Both stories share some similarities, but they have differences too. One similarity is the characteristics in the protagonists. Both show courage and determination when having to face the problems. Another similarity is the main conflicts. Both main characters are outnumbered when it comes down to trying to stay alive. One out of many differences in the stories is the themes. One protagonist has to fight for just himself and the other has a whole town to fight for. Even though High Noon and “The Most Dangerous Game” are very different stories, there are several similarities between our two protagonists and in the conflict; there are also many differences between all of the themes.