“He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial.” (London, 16). In the novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Buck, a Saint Bernard-Scotch Shepherd mix originates in sunny, civilized Santa Clara Valley, CA during the gold rush. He rules his demesne like a king, but sadly he is stolen by Manuel, a familiar gardener. Buck is brought to a dog breaker and seller, through him Buck meets Perrault and Francois. They take Buck to the Northland where he learns new survival skills and passes from master to master. Buck finally meets who he truly adores, John Thornton, he saves John’s life and follows his every command. They travel to the East and find gold, Buck is becoming a savage and the Yeehats kill John Thornton, in the …show more content…
“ And when, on the long still, cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through centuries and through him.” (London 26). Like a wolf he’s sounded the call of the wild and broken the ages of domestication down to his primitive roots.
As he retrogressed his dreams became feral as well hazy at first until it became reality. “He was all but naked, a ragged and firescorched skin hanging part way down his back, but on his body there was much hair.” (London 50). Buck dreamt about this primordial caveman becoming more like him throughout the novel.
Buck’s inner wolf ate away his poor physique while the wild northland ate away his civilness and domestication. “Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof, were his; yet he retained his wildness and wiliness. He was a thing of the wild, come in from the wild to sit by John Thornton’s fire, rather than a dog of the soft Southland stamped with the marks of generations.” (London 76). Buck became a killer, hunting and running with the
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Buck was very successful, and became the leader of the wolf pack and a great example of a wolf adapted to the
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.
As the sled stopped buck fell to the ground powerless. He felt as of he were floating and if he weren't alive anymore. And when the time came to get back up, Buck watched every dog crawl to their feet with multiple attempts. But Buck just laid there with the power of thinking enough was enough and he didn't move. Hal was beating him with the club so Buck could get up but still he didn't move, he just laid there feeling less; he could no more feel the pain from the strikes of the club and he was in his power to give up.
The suddenness and violence of his capture further emphasize the loss and trauma he experiences. As Buck adapts to his new life as a sled dog, he also experiences the loss of his identity as a domesticated pet. He learns to tap into his primal instincts and becomes more like a wild animal than a domesticated one. This loss of identity is exemplified in Chapter 3, where Buck fights fiercely with the other sled dogs: "He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move" (London
This brutal event signifies the ‘Fang Part’ of the Law, and 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.
Lastly, Buck was a symbol of growth and transformation because he fought within and had to build confidence within himself to push through the tough times. He went from being a trouble-making house dog to following his ancestors and building power within
Just like Buck, he was taken and put to work. Just like them everyone is faced with these moments. They may not be like what they were faced with, but everyone needs to persevere at sometime in life. In the book, Buck is taken and sold into a tough condition.
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.
He gets beaten when trying to fight the man in the Red Sweater, who taught him the law of Club and Fang, which is a law on how to survive, and watches a dog die in front of him. Buck is also starved when with Perrault and Francois because he gets small rations with the food he eats. He learns he has to fend off dogs for his food, he also becomes sneaky and cunning by stealing food from Perrault and Francois and blaming another dog for his own felony. Buck is even overworked by a Scottish man, and sold to a new group, that can’t get organized. He receives beatings from this new and inexperienced group, named Hal, Charles, and Mercedes and when almost beaten to death gets saved by John Thornton.
In chapter 7 Buck ruthlessly kills all of the indian’s who have killed his master. Yet Buck cares not what he has done. “He did not pause to worry the victim, but ripped in passing, with the next bound tearing wide the throat of a second man. There was no withstanding him. He plunged about in their very midst, tearing, rending, destroying, in constant and terrific motion which defied the arrows they discharged at him.”
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 went on a killing spree and he went running around the woods torturing animals like squirrels and sooner or later he goes for a moose. “He fished for salmon in a broad stream that emptied somewhere into the sea, and by this stream he killed a large black bear, blinded by the mosquitoes while likewise fishing, and raging through the forest helpless and terrible” (London 96 & 97). Bucks instincts overcome him and he becomes too distracted with killing the animals instead of staying around camp with Thornton who ends up getting killed by the
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.
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.