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?
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.
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.
Call of the Wild starts with introducing Buck, a mix breed between a St. Bernard and a Sheepdog. He lives on the wealthy estate of Judge Miller. Buck is soon sold into sled dogging and is sent to the Klondike region of Alaska and Canada. In Jack London’s Call of the Wild, the theme is that Buck not only uses a growth mindset to survive, but he also uses it to thrive.
Evolving like Buck in Call of the Wild is difficult ,but worth the journey. Buck was sold and beaten all at once, which made him a very angry and a weakened dog. Until he is shown obedience,after being beat to an inch of his life, Buck was unable to trust humans, even his original owner. When he tries to break free of his cage, he had been trapped in , he was hurt to stop . Another time is when he had to kill Spitz to stop the mayhem of Spitz 's reign.
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) The call of the Wild being a good book also had some controversies.
The Call of the Wild: Buck learns to adapt. “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. At the beginning of the book Buck realizes he has to adapt to the North. First, Buck learns how to survive from people.
Call Of the Wild is a short adventure novel and set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He progressively reverts to a wild state in the harsh climate, where he is forced to fight to dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
In the novel, The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London, Buck is a domesticated dog adapting and trying to survive in the wild. The topic in this novel is perseverance since the author constantly provides many hints throughout the novel that proves that the topic in this novel is perseverance. It can be seen during the time Buck perseveres in trying to adapt to his situation and understanding his surroundings. Also, when he preservers through all the pain and suffering that is constantly leaking around him and Buck is sometimes rewarded for persevering through the hardships that follow day by day. Thus the theme in the book is in order to be rewarded, one must persevere.
Have you ever heard the calls? Buck sure has. In the novel The Call of The Wild by Jack London, Buck is a large st. Bernard that lives in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley with Judge Miller. As the story goes on Buck gets dognapped and sent to the man in the red sweater. The man in the red sweater is also known as the crack dog doctor.
What about animals such as Buck and what about their treatment? You may ask, “who is Buck?” Buck is a dog, from the book The Call of the Wild, that undertook a great mission to rebel against an animal that treated him unfairly. That animal is called Spitz. Spitz is a pack leader and he bullied Buck very much.
In the Call of the Wild, Buck is taken from his home and is forced to learn a different life style. In the beginning of the book Buck gets sold by Manuel to the man in the red sweater. While Buck is with the man in the red sweater he learns the law of the club.
In the book version of Call of the Wild the man who broke in Buck was called the man in the red sweater, but in the movie he didn’t even have a red sweater. Another minor detail was that Buck went straight from Charles, Hal, and Mercedes in the movie, but in the book Buck went to a random mail delivery person with a Scotch half-breed. Finally I’m not even sure the character Charlie is in the book. Those were the minor and major detail differences between the movie and the book of Call of the Wild.
From this you can see that the man and dog share many different and similar thoughts on their journey through the Yukon Trail. The man and dog think differently in some situations like when the man or chechaquo(New comer) was trying to kill the dog. The man and dog also think similarly in other situations like, they both have the same idea of survival. For example, the man and dog both think the same about the fire. Therefore, the man and dog have different and similar thoughts while strugglings to get to the other side of camp were the boys
Something totally different has changed in buck life from being a house dog to a sled dog. From living in a big house to carrying a sled. He had it pretty rough. Buck may be happier knowing that he has someone to care for him and a pack that protects each other. This is why I think Buck is better off as a sled dog than a house dog.