Propitiously, a man named John Thornton appears and threatens the three owners if they continue to beat Buck. Red, therefore, serves as a symbol of savagery. He hears the howling of the wolves.
A rivalry develops between Buck and the vicious, quarrelsome lead dog, Spitz. Within hours of making landfall, Buck sees Curly attacked by a husky, then trampled by the rest of the sled dogs. About 30, made it the Klondike, and only about 4, struck gold.
In The Call of the Wild, London intensifies and adds layers of meaning that are lacking in these stories. For example, he encounters such problems as how to work as a member of a dog team pulling a sled, how to burrow into a hole in the snow in which to sleep, how to survive perpetual hunger pains, and how to rely on his native intelligence and his animal instincts.
Even though Buck recognizes that a man with a club is a master to be obeyed, yet Buck does not do what some dogs do — that is, he does not fawn upon the man-master, but then neither does Buck struggle for mastery for so long that he is killed in the struggle — as some dogs actually do.
Around this time, however, gold is discovered in the great North, and large dogs suddenly become tremendously valuable because these types of dogs are needed to haul the heavy sleds through the deep snow fields. Driven by rage, he launches into an attack, killing the chief and overturning the law of club and fang.
It is obvious that Buck knows that he is beaten, but, as London tells us, Buck is not broken: Later, he said of the experience: Then a rope is placed around his neck. London presents the motif simply, clearly, and powerfully in the story, a motif later echoed by 20th century American writers William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway most notably in " Big Two-Hearted River ".
Buck comes out of the backwoods once a year on the anniversary of his attack on the Yeehats, at the former campsite where he was last with John Thornton, Hans and Pete, in order to mourn their deaths. They leave Buck with Thornton. His last tie with humanity broken, he joins his brothers in the wild wolf packs.
Buck then follows the wolf and its pack into the forest, and answers the call of the wild. The men are fair, though harsh, masters, and Buck respects them.
After some argument, the trio leaves and tries to cross the river, but as Thornton warned, the ice breaks, and the three fall into the river and drown, along with the sled and neglected dogs. The instincts of his ancestors come to life in him as the sled goes farther and farther north.
Having established Buck, then, as a product of civilization, London will, as his chapter title "Into the Primitive" indicates, now show the contrast between Buck, the civilized dog, and the dog he becomes when be is suddenly thrust into a life completely different. At night, Buck lies by the fire and dreams of his wild ancestors.Summary The four-line poem that begins the novel summarizes the essential theme of the entire work.
As noted in the section at the end of this study guide, enti. Explanations, analysis, and visualizations of The Call of the Wild's themes. The Call of the Wild: Quotes The Call of the Wild 's important quotes, sortable by theme, character, or chapter.
The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London that was first published in Book Summary Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Buck, a huge, four-year-old half-Saint Bernard and half-Scottish shepherd dog, is living a life of civilized ease in California's Santa Clara Valley in the home of Judge Miller.
In The Call of the Wild, Buck becomes the best sled dog in Alaska during the Gold Rush.
When Buck can't run anymore, Thornton saves him from being beaten to death. After Thornton is killed by. In The Call of the Wild, London intensifies and adds layers of meaning that are lacking in these stories.
As a writer London tended to skimp on form, according to biographer Labor, and neither The Call of the Wild nor White Fang "is a conventional novel".Download