Patriotism, nationalism, and heroism can be defined differently based on beliefs and situations. For example, my definitions of these things are both similar and different than Tim O’Brien’s views in The Things They Carried.
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.
The reason I say that the book “Call of the Wild” has the universal theme is survival of the fittest because Buck went through a lot of things in his life. Buck was kidnapped from Santa Clara when he was young and then taken to the harsh wilderness of the klondike. Buck did very well in the klondike he was very well suited for that environment, he was more in shape and ready for that environment than the other dogs that was there also. In chapter 1 page 6 it says “But Buck was neither house-dog nor kennel-dog. The whole realm was his. He plunged into the swimming tank or went hunting with the Judge’s sons; he escorted Mollie and Alice, the Judge’s daughters, on long twilight or early morning
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)
Jack London 's writing is harsh poetry. He describes scenes in such detail. Reading his work makes you picture how the scenes look in your head. He shows a deeper meaning in the events of his stories(Napierkowski). The point of view of the story is third person limited omniscient. The narrator is as if he 's in Bucks ' head throughout most of the story. It helps the readers understand how Buck feels and why he acts the way he does. The tone of the story is very reflective. Throughout the plot, London stops to show what Buck is thinking, the things he has learned, how he has changed, and what that lifestyle means to Buck. The story takes place in the Southland and Northland. 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”. Buck is being called into the wild. His life events changed who he was and sent him free in spirit and body. Once Thornton was kill Buck was able to be free and just be a wild dog with the others (napierkowski).
Between these opposing values Buck hovers continually in the action of the tale. Even the call of the wild itself, to which Buck responds with growing intensity throughout receives double focus twin definition: it was both lure and trap. In the second chapter, when Buck learns “The Law of Club and Fang” he builds his first warm sleeping nest in the snow, to discover the next morning:
Also, when the narrator says, “Though his dignity was sorely hurt by thus being made a draught animal, he was too wise to rebel”, he means that he is not in “sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley” to make people do things anymore and he is not alpha anymore. Buck shows a growth mindset when he understands that he cannot do much in the area which he is in and he will not be alpha
Buck is a dog from Santa Clara Valley, a dog who lived in a huge house. He was the king of the property and was petted, fed well and treated like a loved and cherished dog. Buck was living a pampered life, where he had everything he want until the day where he was stolen, sold, and brought to an unknown environment. Buck has went through a change where he had to adapt quickly for survival. A place where he had to steal to eat, defend himself in order to survive. He encountered many confrontations and adventures in the wild, but Buck still remains the leader due to his strength. He has gone through many situations, lost his team, and his recent master. This is where he will meet Thornton and bond together. He will adapt to a new lifestyle as this quote emphasizes “Dog and man watched it crawling over the ice. Suddenly, they saw its back end drop down, ‘you poor devil’, said John Thornton and Buck licked his
Primitive instincts is a major theme when one closely examines the changes Buck undergoes from a civilized dog into a wild dog. Buck was raised in a lavish lifestyle, however when he is kidnapped this all changes. Alaska's harsh environment brings out Buck's primitive instincts buried deep within him. It is necessary for these traits to be expressed because surviving is key in Alaska and living in California, these traits would never have been seen. The wilderness appeals to Buck's new wild side and he goes out there to live with the other wild animals when his owner dies. This new life allows his ancestral memory to take him over and Buck lives a life where he is fighting his way to the top and leads
In modern times, people toss around the word hero, but the idea of heroism through the centuries has never perished. What is exactly as a hero? A hero is not someone that can fly or has super strength. A hero maybe someone who is fighting for their people, to someone that crushes fear, or to an average person that sacrifices themselfs for people in need. Overtime, the evolution of a hero has changed drastically. The essence of heroism is shown in literature and in modern life to the poem, “Beowulf”, to The Things They Carried, and through a doctor named Jim Withers.
Have you ever heard about role models? If you have, then you would know that each one has to undertake some sort of mission to become what many people call a “role model.” The first role model’s name is Ernesto. The second person 's name is Farah Ahmedi. Finally, the third person is not a person. It is a dog named Buck. Now let 's talk about these three role models and how they always accomplished their missions.
“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.
Pain comes in different ways and in different scenarios for each person and even pets, but with perseverance we can get through these painful times in our life. In the book The Call of the Wild, Buck, the main character gets shipped from owner to owner, coming out of each owners care, not in the best state of health. Often times he returns beaten and starved, but with perseverance he keeps on running and eats back to health. Much like Buck, my mom persevered. While just starting her adulthood she had a major brain surgery, which caused a lot of severe pain. Since she had the surgery and they chunk of skull/brain taken out this affected and made her nervous with her balance. With perseverance she was able to work back to a normal health and get some of her balance back. Buck and my mom are similar because they both were in a bad state of health, but with
Buck understands the importance of defending oneself because in the harsh, cold, northern environment, there is no fairplay or justice. “Once down, that was the end of you.” (pg 23) Civility doesn’t prevail in the wilderness, and Buck learns to rely on his instincts as well as physical abilities to survive.
Dave was horribly sick. He refused to eat his meal, which made him weaker. Scotch half-breed, the owner, can’t find the reason why he was sick, but he tried hard to give him some pills which can improve his health. Scotch half-breed made Dave eat his soup to make him feel better. Dave, barking hard as possible to keep others from his place in the trace, was recovering as fast as he can. Buck also helped his owner by protecting Dave from others who were willing to steal his food.