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The Call Of The Wild Essay

1457 words - 6 pages

Title: The Call of the Wild
Author: Jack London
Type of book: Fiction
Date Completed: September 12, 2001
          The novel, The Call of the Wild, follows a four-year-old mixed Saint Bernard and Scottish shepherd, named Buck. In the beginning of the story, Buck lives in the home of Judge Miller, located at Santa Clara Valley, California. In Santa Clara, Buck lives a luxurious life. At the time of the story, gold is discovered in the North. With this discovery, the value of large dogs like Buck escalated dramatically. The dog’s value was due most to their ability to haul heavy sleds through the abundant snow. Unfortunately, Judge ...view middle of the document...

          Following being starved for numerous days, Buck’s original instinct to kill and eat raw meat is revived within. During this occasion, Buck is opposed against Spitz, the vigorous, dynamic, hierarch of the sled team. Buck and Spitz have a couple of battles against each other; however, the fight in Buck makes the outcome victorious on Buck’s behalf. Buck then becomes conductor of the sled team. This rank of authority makes the superiority of Buck even more prominent. During this rank, Buck attains the admiration of his current masters, Perrault and François, who challenge Buck for quite sometime.
          Buck’s next master is a Scottish man who delivers mail to the northern communities. Grievously, the Scottish man strains the dogs and sets them on a level of difficulty incomprehensible to the dog’s previous endurance. With these conditions most of the pack scatters to the outlying wilderness. Buck, on the other hand, outlasts the treatment. Buck’s next change of superiors is to three novice explorers. Charles, Hal and Mercedes, the current masters, have no experience in disciplining the dogs or even guiding a dog sled through the tundra. In result to their asinine judgement, the dog’s provisions supply runs out before the trip meets midpoint. In this occurrence Buck is enlightened and sees no reason to put effort forth in continuing. Noticing the lack of effort, the masters severely beat Buck. Buck quickly disbands his group. Coincidentally later Charles, Hal, and Mercedes fall through thin ice and drown, loosing their own lives, in addition to the lives of the canines.
     Buck encounters a new human, John Thornton, who is healing from frostbite. John Thornton nurtures Buck back to health. Buck takes John Thornton as his new master; however, unlike his previous masters Buck cherishes and respects Thornton. On one occasion, an inebriated man attacks John. Buck responds and exterminates the man. On another occasion, Thornton is caught in the fore of rapids. Once again, Buck rescues his master. Later, Thornton gambles that Buck can pull a thousand pound sled. Buck actually succeeds in the feat, moving the sled a hundred yards. With the currency gained by Thornton’s gambling, Thornton plans an expedition into the wilderness in search of a legendary gold mind. During this time, Buck often sneaks into the environment and stalks wild prey, runs with the wolves, or catches salmon. After one such adventure, Buck returns to camp only to discover that Yeehat Indians had murdered John Thornton. Buck revenges his master and annihilates many of the Yeehats. After John Thornton death, Buck is unbound to the loyalty to his master. Buck hears his “call to the wild” and joins a pack of wild wolves, thus, ending the story.

          Originally, Buck lived in the...

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