Mastery is attained only through the separation from a pack mentality. Throughout the narrative, Buck is a part of a group of dogs serving men. When John Thornton cuts Buck loose from the brutal torture of his masters, he is also setting Buck free from a pack mentality. Even when Buck serves his new master Thornton with total devotion and love, he has a growing attraction to the wild. His eagerness for a solitary life in the wild overcomes him eventually that takes him back to the wild.
“The Dominant Primordial Beast” “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” (Chinese Proverb). In The Call of the Wild, others give Buck the knowledge of how to survive in the wild, but Buck learns to master the wild on his own. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, is a story about a dog named Buck who goes from a pampered house dog to a primitive wolflike beast who belongs and thrives in the wild. Buck starts out at Santa Cruz, living a luxurious and aristocratic life. The gardener kidnaps him and sells him to people looking for sled dogs to bring men to the north so they can dig for gold.
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 beginning of the novel shows us that Buck is a pampered dog who had lived in the Santa Clara Valley under the property of judge miller and was the ruler of the house. He was feared, and respected by the other dogs. He has everything he wanted and will soon have it taken away from him. Manuel, the gardener, will abduct Buck in his house and that will be the beginning of a cruel life for him.
It provides a unique insight into Lakota life and culture, and perhaps something further. To the civil war soldiers, the Lakota were wild and dangerous, just as a wolf would be. The soldiers shot at Two Socks just as readily as they would shoot at an Indian. John Dunbar wanted to get to know the people, to understand them, and eventually to become a part of them - in other words, he wanted to dance with them, and so he did. He pushed past the language barrier, at the same time pushing back their cultural differences to come together on equal ground.
“His master’s voice acted on Buck like an electric shock, He sprang to his feet and ran up the bank ahead of the men to the point of his previous departure,” (London, 100). This quote is saying that, ever since Buck was saved (Hal was beating Buck to death) by John Thornton (Buck’s last and one of his better treating owners) Buck felt he has to repay him so when he saw John in trouble he went after him not thinking about himself only about his owner’s life. “In the summers there is one visitor, however, to that valley... It is a great, gloriously coated wolf, like, and yet unlike, all other wolves. He crosses alone from the smiling timber land and comes down into an open space among the trees,” (London, 133).
Lastly, in Rahim Khan’s final note, he states that Baba was a tortured soul, just like Amir himself (put quote here). Amir always idolized his father, doing almost anything for his father’s love and affection. However, in the end, they were always more similar than he ever thought. Amir’s dream of fighting the same bear as his father demonstrates that he has become like his father, who he previously thought that he was nothing like. When he has the dream, it shows that he is strong enough to seek redemption.
Did you know some people hunt humans for pure enjoyment? This is true in the story “The Most Dangerous Game”. Richard Connell writes a story in the time of 1924 that consists directly from the idea of hunters hunting humans. This starts when a big game hunter named Rainsford finds himself stranded on a unknown island by accident and runs into a chateau where he meets a suspicious man named Zaroff, from there Rainsford finds out Zaroff hunts humans who come to the island by trapping them with a lure. Rainsford then plays the game of hunt with Zaroff.
When placed in this situation, Rainsford has transformed from being the hunter to becoming the huntee, and is now in the position of all the animals he has carelessly killed before. Towards the end of the story, while Rainsford is being hunted by Zaroff and his pack of dogs, the narrator describes how Rainsford feels by saying that: “Rainsford now knew how an animal at bay feels” (22). The sensation of extreme fear and worry had finally gotten to him, and he can relate to how the animals he hunt may
John Thornton also shows great affection and cares for Buck much more than any other master of Buck have given. Even though Buck has a great urge to return back to the wild where he feels where he truly belongs, but his love for John Thornton is so great that he will never leave him forever. His love for John Thornton can be seen throughout the last few chapters where he is willing to do anything for John Thornton. “‘Jump, Buck!’ He commanded, sweeping his arm out and over the chasm. The next instant he was grappling with Buck on the extreme edge.” (London 134).
Facing the struggle between individualism and nationalism, he had a quest to undertake. He discovered his inner deep and in accepting that with his courage and determination, he was reborn into a new person. When he reached the comprehension and appreciation of the King’s motive of war, uniting all countries to bring peace to all people, he did not kill the King but chose to be killed by the King’s soldiers. The time when he made his decision is also when he successfully completed the Hero’s Journey. During his journey, the viewers can see the growth of Nameless from a swordsman full of hatred to a hero of his own myth.
Buck had to grow a new backbone for the way of living in the Klondike Gold Rush. He had to set his mind to a new state, a new mode for the rural conditions he would be facing. He had to adapt to the new society of a sleigh dog. Buck adapted and learned the same life and lived a life like a wolf. Buck faced the same bitter conditions as wolves.