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"The Call Of The Wild" By Jack London

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Jack London’s classic adventure story about a dog trying to find his true destiny is widely considered to be his masterpiece. Set mostly in the Yukon during the time of the Gold Rush, in the late 19th century, The Call of the Wild is a heartfelt survival story.The Call of the Wild tells the story of a dog named Buck. He is stolen from his home in the Santa Clara Valley of California, and taken to the Yukon gold fields to be a sled dog. This story tells the life of Buck as he is passed from owner to owner. Buck’s first captor starves him, then he is beaten to teach him obedience ...view middle of the document...

He is a massive dog, half Saint Bernard and half Scotch shepherd. In the beginning of the story, Buck is a laid back companion and a very friendly being, but as the story progresses, circumstances, such as abuse and hunger, forced him to become more outgoing, self reliant and careful.Buck is a wonderful metaphor for human growth and development. Even though Buck is forced into doing things he doesn’t want to do, he holds his head up high and becomes a better animal by doing so. Another important point London makes in this novel is ‘survival of the fittest’ which is a theory that claims that only the fittest animals reproduce and pass on their survival traits. Throughout the book Buck learns new things from all of his owners, such as loyalty, respect and love, which give him the upper hand against nature. He absorbs these traits and deals with them according to what the environment threw at him.You may now ask, ‘Why is The Call of the Wild still being read more than 100 years after its release?” or ‘Why is it such a classic?” The answer is because of its suspense, adventure and link to an important time in history. London also portrays the story from a dog’s eyes which allows us to appreciate their hardships as well. And lastly, the book “tells it like it was”, no lies, no shortcuts, just the facts, as painful as they might be.

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