The Call of the Wild by Jack London Essay

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The title of the book is 'The Call of the Wild' and was written by Jack London in 1903. He was the son of an Irish-American astrologer and his mother was Flora Wellman, the odd one out of a well to do family. They lived a life of poverty in Pennsylvania. Jack read a lot and at the age of fifteen left home and travelled around North America as a tramp. On charges of vagrancy, he spent 30 days in prison. After educating himself he managed to gain entry to a university, before being caught up in the Klondike River Gold Rush in North Canada, 1896. On his return he began to write, but he drank heavily and eventually took his own life.

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The chapter I will be examining is called 'The Law of Club and Fang' and is when Buck starts to learn of what he must do in order to survive in the freezing environment he has been sent to. He experiences his first loss when one of his fellow sled dogs is brutally murdered by the rest of the dog team. This probably symbolizes the remorselessness of some humans who kill just because someone is a bit different from themselves. He learns many valuable lessons which greatly help him to overcome all the obstacles that are thrown at him throughout his whole experience. He learns to steal and not get caught and all his senses become heightened so he can adapt to his surrounding environment. Bucks regression to the wild, what he learns from the other dogs and from his own mistakes is what this chapter really concentrates on. For example he learns to stay away from Sol-Leks's (another sled dog) blind side which he finds is not a good idea unless he wants to have his shoulder, 'Slashed to the bone for three inches up and down." He also makes an enemy in Spitz who he discovers has no morals at all when it comes to surviving.

All the animals in the story not only take on human roles but show human emotions, for example on Buck's first day as a sled dog he finds that, 'Every hour was filled
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