Naturalism in Literature: Jack London and Thomas Hardy

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The protagonist, Koskoosh, is sitting near a fire and listening to his tribe break down their camp and prepare to leave him, their old leader, behind to die. The protagonist doesn’t seem to fear or fight death, but to accept it as a “law of nature” that must happen. I will explore how nature is indifferent to the human concerns and suffering and how the protagonist feels towards these “laws of nature.” The natural world, as presented in this story, had no mercy on man or animal. This can be seen in several parts of this story. Koskoosh recalls the harshness of life and the things he has seen in his life as he sits dying by a fire. As he is sitting by the fire, he hears a sickly child crying. He thinks, “Little Koo-tee, the old man thought, a fretful child, and not overstrong. It would die soon . . . ,” and, “. . . In the end, Death waited, ever-hungry and hungriest of them all” (CP 106). London shows here, that nature takes the young, weak, and old. Even the beautiful were subject to nature. Koskoosh describes how women are subject to nature as well. He thinks about what happens after a man takes a beautiful woman to be his own and have children with. He says, “And with the coming of her offspring her looks left her. Her limbs dragged and shuffled, her eyes…

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