The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

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Unlike the man, the dog does not have a “sharp consciousness of a condition of very cold such as was in the man’s brain,” but instead the “brute had its instinct” (London 630). London contrasts the man’s intelligence with dog’s instinct, which doesn’t use human measurements to show temperature. The man pities the dog who was depressed by the cold and knew nothing of thermometers. But, for the man temperature is just meaningless way of communicating coldness passed through his generations, since it does not affect the man’s judgment. The dog’s instinct, inherited knowledge from generations prior, is able to make the practical judgment that it should not continue in the harsh weather.
The man and dog are in a battle of survival of the fittest and must adapt to the environment in order to live. The dog and the old-timer have been given survival resources adapted over many generations. The old-timer relies on wisdom passed down from his ancestors who have learned to endure the harsh cold of the Yukon, by traveling with another companion. If the man wished to succeed in the harsh conditions, it would have benefited him to listen to the words of the old-timer. “The man did not know cold. Possibly all the generations of his ancestry had been ignorant of cold, of real cold” (London 632). The man is…
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