Wilderness in Call of the Wild by Jack London Essay

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Symbolism Many of the characters in The Call of the Wild symbolize specific qualities. One example of this is Mercedes. She represents greed and being spoiled. Mercedes enters the wilderness clueless to what toll it will take on her. “”Undreamed of!” cried Mercedes, throwing up her hands in dainty dismay” (73). This quote shows that she was expecting (and hoping) for a more pampered way of life out in the Klondike. Mercedes could also represent the unpreparedness of most of the people going to the Klondike gold rush. The Klondike gold rush was so glamorized that everyone thought that they could do it. In reality, the gold rush was much harsher than most people thought it was.
Another example of symbolism in The Call of The Wild is
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Symbolism Many of the characters in The Call of the Wild symbolize specific qualities. One example of this is Mercedes. She represents greed and being spoiled. Mercedes enters the wilderness clueless to what toll it will take on her. “”Undreamed of!” cried Mercedes, throwing up her hands in dainty dismay” (73). This quote shows that she was expecting (and hoping) for a more pampered way of life out in the Klondike. Mercedes could also represent the unpreparedness of most of the people going to the Klondike gold rush. The Klondike gold rush was so glamorized that everyone thought that they could do it. In reality, the gold rush was much harsher than most people thought it was.
Another example of symbolism in The Call of The Wild is Spitz, who represents wrath and aggression. He is used to fighting and winning. “Spitz proceeded to thrash first one and then the other” (21). From this quote, you can assume that Spitz wasn’t expecting to have to fight. He believes that he can push people around and get away with it.
Curly died early on in the book. She symbolizes naivety. She represents naivety because of her over-kindness. When Curly died, she tried to be friends with a husky. The husky then “ripped [Curly’s face] from eye to jaw” (19). Curly brought her fate onto herself.
The next character is John Thornton. John Thornton represents the small bits of happiness and love in The Call of The Wild. Buck and John have a perfect relationship together. John Thornton saved
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