In The Call of the Wild by Jack London, we learn a theme of strength and survival and read how these qualities can be essential. The main character, a large dog named Buck, uses strength to defend himself against humans who have stolen him away from his home. Buck then learns survival skills to keep safe in the harsh cold weather of the North. Finally, we learn how strength and survival skills are needed to live in the wilderness. Strength and survival skills help us get through any situation life throws our way.
There were the eaters and the eaten.” This shift in his thought process is what allows him to kill so mercilessly--if he wanted to live, he need to eat. Meat is his lifeblood. Without it, as he realized after the several famines he suffered as a pup, he would die. Animals are more than just his prey, they sustain his life. As such, he has no qualms with taking food wherever he can get it, and even aspires to grow strong enough to catch large prey like hawks and moose.
One of the last boys to devolve is Ralph. Ralph manages to stay somewhat civilized until he goes for his first hunt. After hitting the boar, Ralph is overwhelmed with adrenaline. He gets over excited and finally realizes what the other boys have been talking about. After the hunt, he keeps repeating what he had done and says things like "I hit him...and the spear stuck in a bit" (Golding 128) and "I hit him all right.
He lived as a serf who never knew how to read, write, or do anything other than his job and he had to leave his town because he was unrightfully claimed a wolfs head so he had to try to fend for himself. “O Great and Giving Jesus, I, who have no name, who am nothing, who does not know what to do, who is all alone in Thy world, I, who am full of sin, I implore Thy blessed help, or I’m undone.” (21) Crispin is praying to God to save him from the plight he was bound in, he was an experienced, terrified, and all alone while in the forest. Instead of being brave and trying to survive for himself, he called on a savior to help him. “By the Devil’s own spit...Have you lived your life under a rock? Were you born of sheep?
Atticus was an older man, “much older than the parents of our school contemporaries” (p.102). He was too old to tackle with Jem and he spent his free time reading. The quote “Our father didn’t do anything… anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone” (p.102) shows us Scout’s view of her father, which isn’t that impressive. But Scout and Jem later realize that their father has an unknown skill, sharp shooting. The first time Atticus displayed his shooting skills was when there was a sick dog that had to be put down and he was the one who had to do it.
To discourage him from thinking of running away, Mr Sir tells him that the camp has the only water for miles and he’ll be buzzard meat by the time he finds a mud puddle. Stanley goes to his tent where he is introduced to other kids who have commited actual crimes such as stealing cars and dealing marijuana. Stanley feels like he doesn’t belong here, but that won’t change the fact that he must remain in the cam like the rest of them and dig holes for a long long time. On his first day of digging, he immediately thinks that he won’t be able to dig holes. However, weeks go by and Stanley is able to dig his holes.
Behavioural Perspective According to Barnett (2015), behaviourism focuses and studies how humans behave and are to behave to determine differences. Behaviourism believes people have no free will and their environment dictates how they think, act or become. Barnett (2015) stated, Ivan Pavlov was the first theorist to develop behaviourism. He lived with his dogs and would bring food (stimulus) to them daily. He noticed each time the dogs saw him, they would salivate.
Spitz is an example of who is wants to remain the best and persevere to not let his enemy, Buck, to get in his paths. He uses violence to overcome his obstacles and takes every chance. “This was Spitz’s opportunity. He sprang upon Buck, and twice his teeth sank into his unresisting foe and ripped and tore the flesh to the bone” (London 34). Another dog, Billee, has a different personality.
The call of the wild is how Buck the main character in the book is moved from santa clara to the klondike for his ancestrial genes of how great they lead dogsledding packs, and throughout the book Buck overcomes many different obstacles to be te best of the best. The hunger games is a story where there is a game where you compete to survive, the game is put on by Capitol the evil antagonist which is cruel and for some reason likes to see death. These two books are completely different in many different ways, but it all follows the theme as the “Survival of the
Finny not being able to play sports anymore that meant Gene was next in line for the top athlete at Devon. In addition, this incident leads to Finny having several health issues and dying towards the end of the novel. Gene knew that Finny had no admirations towards him and that made him angered. Gene was hurt when Finn died but he still didn’t change once he went to war or when he came back to visit Devon in his elder years. “He had never been jealous of me for a second.