The Call Of The Wild Criticism

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The Call Of The Wild

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 Miller's
servant, Manuel steals Buck to sell him to a band of dog-nappers to pay for his
accumulating gambling debts. The ring of thieves that bought Buck is gaining a secure
banking by trading the dog to northern executives. Buck, who has had an easy life so far,
does not adapt well to the terrain as the other canines do. Buck does not easily tolerate
the confinement and mistreatment of his new authority. Buck's gains the misconception,
which then is an aide that any man with a club is a dominator and must be obeyed.

After an expedition into the North Buck discovers his new location and temporary home.
Once arrived buck rapidly accommodates to his new environment. Buck masters many skills
that are mandatory to survive in his new habitat. Buck discovers that he can rely on his
animal instinct and basic intellect to acquire the essentials to exist in the tundra. One
of the most significant concepts learned by Buck is that while being attacked his must
take an offense to survive. Another essential concept Buck grasps is that he must be at
constant alert and that his size makes him inferior to others. Buck's quick adaptations
assist in his survival.

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 Francois, 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
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