Symbolism In The Call Of The Wild

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Characters in London’s books often return to their roots, or something they are familiar with, in order to restore order in their lives. In The Call of the Wild, Buck’s internal conflict is gradually increasing. Judge Thornton, his owner, is one of the first humans he has ever really cared for and their relationship is very meaningful to him. On the other hand, he felt more distant from civilization every passing day and knew that his true destiny and future lay in nature, unrestricted from any human influences. He would often hear a sound “deep in the forest” and when “he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest” (The Call of the Wild, London 124). London uses the symbol of the fire and the forest to represent tendencies toward civilization and…show more content…
Fire, often synonymous with human societal development as well as technological advancements represents the organized society that Buck was in when he was under the ownership of Judge Thornton. The symbol of the forest represents an environment where nature works without any bounds; creatures live and die based purely on how well they are equipped to react best to whatever nature has in store for them. Buck’s urge to transition from the fire to the forest represents his innate predilection toward the wild, which most animals should have. Eventually, when Thornton is killed but Yeehat natives, there is nothing holding Buck from becoming his true self in the wild. In response to Thornton’s death, Buck “came alive to a stirring of the new life in the forest” to avenge his master’s death and also embraced his new identity (The Call of the Wild, London 167). Buck was able to be at peace and comfort with himself by returning to his home, which was the unrestricted state
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