Call of the Wild Essay

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London In the Call of the Wild, Buck has developed physically and mentally. By being a spoiled dog that gets food served to him and being able to have no rules to obey, to a dog that can survive in the wild that has to fight for food and has laws to obey is a pretty big change. Buck has changed physically by being able to kill humans, being able to kill other animals, and being able to adapt to his new environment. Buck has developed mentally by learning how to love men. At the beginning Buck is a well groomed yet pampered animal. He has the run of the property and although pampered, he is muscular and fit from hunting. After he is taken by force from his home by a cruel man and shipped to Alaska, he becomes sick at first and then he becomes fearful of the "club" and angry at everything and everyone. As the action continues Buck learns to survive by "doing what he needs to do to survive." He eventually kills Spitz and becomes the lead dog. Eventually Buck is bought by Thornton. It is with Thornton that Buck learns to love man and commit to complete loyalty. As Buck and Thornton become closer they set up camp and Buck begins to wander into the "wild." He meets a girl wolf, and he doesn’t know what to do between his natural instincts and his loyalty to Thornton. When Thornton is killed by the Yeehats (Indians), Buck goes crazy and kills many of them before some escape. At first Buck doesn't know what to do and he stays at the camp with the body of this human he had learned to love unconditionally (John Thornton). Bucks new ways has also changed Buck. Bucks “old ways” were wearing off, he isn’t a well-mannered dog anymore. He is a dog that has to survive in the wild. His ancestors’ traits were coming back to him. He has to fight for a place to live; Buck also has to fight for his food. He has to kill other animals, and

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