Call of the Wild Book Review Essay

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“Call of the Wild” Book Review

What if you were torn away from your home, your life, your family, and everything that was ever familiar to you, and got thrown into harsh, life threatening situations? Would you adapt in order to live and survive or would you be totally enveloped in the chaos and just give up, and become a name unmentioned? In Jack London’s book “Call of the Wild”, we are taught that anyone or thing can be taken from its surroundings and hurled into a world where one has to learn how to survive. Buck, a domesticated dog from Santa Clara Valley is forced into the Yukon because of mans needs for his strength and durability, to pulling a sled. Buck is faced right off the bat with two choices: Endure and adapt to the
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Now prepared for what he will face. Buck heads off to the Northland. His first night in the barren Yukon was like any other night there, cold and frozen, and sleeping the same way he did in the Santa Clara Valley was out of the question. After an unsuccessful attempt at entering the tent, he walked all through the camp, finally discovering his fellow companions burrowed into the snow to create a nice, warm nest. “So that’s how they did it, eh?” thought Buck. (pg 18) His adaptation stage was more or less complete when he had mastered the art of stealing food. When his owner wasn’t looking, Buck would steal bacon right out from under his nose.
     Bucks mind and soul don’t stop with simply adapting; ancient instincts that his wild ancestors used began to set in quickly. One of the clearest and most easily seen examples is when he chases a snowshoe hare until he catches it. This example may seem normal or just ordinary, but it is clear that there is only one thought on his mind, “To kill with (my) own teeth and wash (my) muzzle to the eyes in warm blood” Soon after Buck shows his willingness to kill with the rabbit, he gets another opportunity to kill when he gets into a fight to the death with the lead sled dog for his position. Although the lead dog, Spitz, has more experience in fighting, Buck wins because unlike Spitz, he possessed a quality that made for

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