Ignorance is Bliss Throughout the world, many young, ego-oriented teens decide to stray from secure paths to discover themselves or to conquer the unbelievable. Like many teens, Christopher Johnson McCandless decides to adventure around the country before arriving to Alaska, where his adventure tragically ends by his death. In Jon Krakauer’s biography, Into the Wild, Chris, the protagonist, embarks on a two year journey around the West Coast of America after his college graduation. Krakauer portrays Chris as a crazy, ignorant young adult to demonstrate his resistance to conform with society by risking his life.
Interpreting The Call of The Wild In his classic book "The Call of the Wild," Jack London tells the narrative of Buck, a domestic dog who is kidnapped from his cozy home in California and sold into the harsh world of the Alaskan gold rush. As he struggles how to endure in the brutal and merciless wilderness throughout the book, Buck's character evolves, eventually embracing his wild animal instincts. The novel is a story that explores the theme of naturalism, where the struggle for survival is the primary driving force of life. The journey of Buck serves as a metaphor for the state of humanity, in which social pressures frequently cause our natural primal tendencies to be suppressed.
In the novel, Call of the Wild written by Jack London, the actions and personalities of Buck’s many owners are all very unique. Buck is a strong and courageous dog who over time become mature and independent through his experiences with all of his different owners. Buck has been through a long cycle of being bought and sold by different men. There have been many men Buck serves under, but there has been no one like John Thornton. John Thornton is Buck’s savior.
In the novel “The Call of the Wild”, Buck changes throughout the novel in many ways for survival. One way buck changed for survival was when he learned “A man with a club was a law giver, a master to be obeyed, though not necessarily conciliated” (London 10). This first quote shows how Buck changed and adapted because if he never learned that lesson then he would have had not survived throughout the story. Also If he never learned this lesson then Back would have been dead because then the man would beat him to death.
Buck 's intelligence and strength helped him survive, but the determination and will to live is what really got Buck through his hardships. A major theme in The Call of the Wild is "Determination can get you through anything," a statement Buck proves multiple times. Buck was a strong-willed dog that faced many challenges, from being kidnapped, sold to Alaskan gold miners, becoming a sled-dog and conflict with other dogs. While Buck 's wits, strength, and most likely some luck assisted him in his journey, Buck stayed determined throughout and it got him to where he wanted to be. In the beginning, Buck was a pampered dog, he lived in a nice house with a family that loved and cared for him.
Lewis and Clark were two people that established our country by going on a risky exploration across America. In the books Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose and The Captain’s Dog by Roland Smith their journey gets gets captured even the imperfections. Each of these books capture the story in different ways; perspectives, story, and the different messages they’re getting across. In these two books the perspective differs from facts to the perspective of a dog.
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.
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). In my opinion, this book shouldn’t have been in the category of banned and challenged books.
As Jim Rohn once said, “It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future... it is what you do about what happens that counts.” Buck, the main character in the novel The Call of the Wild, is a victim of life 's many unexpected obstacles. From domesticated and tamed to wild and primitive, the transformation of Buck from beginning to end is a result of nature and nurture combined. Nature, his genetic makeup, proves to be the most dominant in his development of becoming a free creature of the wilderness.
Although the movie is based off the book, Call of the Wild as a book is very different from the movie. There are multiple reasons for this to occur, but it happens all the time with book/movie crossovers. In the following paragraphs we will be discussing just some of the differences between the call of the wild book and the call of the wild movie. Not to mention it was published in 1903 so there were multiple things that the movie couldn’t have or express. John Thornton may have been important to the book, but he was the nearly movie’s main focus.
In attempts to achieve a greater understanding of absolute reality and truth, Christopher McCandless temporarily separates from societal influences and undertakes an odyssey into the Alaskan wilderness. Powered by the notion of happiness through self-reliance, McCandless retreats from the social and into a deeper self, undergoing a profound realization of himself and truth. Linking McCandless’s countercultural actions to various literary influences ultimately reveal the overarching transcendentalist forces in which shape his determination to enter the wild and seclude himself from the social. The philosophy behind transcendentalism recognizes and rejects the flaws and corruption engrossed in the precepts of the status-quo society.
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.
Jack London is well-known for his novels on wolves and dogs: The Call of the Wild and White Fang. This essay explores the latter; a hero’s journey adapted to the character of a wolf-dog hybrid. As a canine placed into a traditionally human role, White Fang is an obvious statement on the perception of humanity. Therefore, the following research question arose: How does White Fang’s adaptation as a hero challenge the perception of humanity?
More civilized dogs like Newfoundland’s and even huskies find primitive counterparts in the wolves whose howl at the end of the story was the very sound of the wild. London “doubles” the story into opposing worlds. Buck begins in the waking world of reality and ends in a silent, white wasteland which was also the world of dream, shadow, and racial memory. Buck survives to embrace life at the end of a book informed by death as the horrifying, rhythmic reflex of an entire order of things. Life in The Call of the Wild was a survival built on the death of other living creatures.