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Call of the Wild


First published in 1903.

Jack London’s Call of the Wild is the story of a dog's journey from living a cocooned life in sunny California, to the unforgiving frozen dunes of the arctic. A man's greed stole Buck's comfortable life. He was sold by his master's trusted servant to men heading south in search of that precious yellow metal--gold. Buck's journey through the harsh landscapes as a sledge dog, passing from one master to another, teaches him to survive in the ways of the wild. In the process, his natural killer instincts, made dormant by his brush with civilisation, awaken. Buck becomes the best sledge dog ever that walked the frozen trails to the land of gold. But that's not the end of his journey. In fact, it had just begun -- will he answer the call of the wild? It's more than just a childre's story or merely a dog's story, it's our story. Buck could have been the name of one of those gold hunters who had left their comfortable lives to venture into the frozen wild in search of gold. There's a difference though, Buck was forced. But aren't we humans forced too? Forced by the compulsion of greed, of having more, and yet more? Buck fought for supremacy among other dogs, Buck fought to be the leader, Buck killed, Buck protected those who needed protection, and Buck saved, even his master, from death. Among all the lessons that he learned, one of the first and the most important was never to fall. For, that meant being torn apart by other dogs of the pack. Doesn't this hold true for us as well? The novel has a universal appeal -- it is deeper than what meets the eyes in the first read.--Submitted by Anonymous.

A beautiful tale of a 'house dog' torn from the comforts of hearth and home into the unforgiving wild. This is the story of Buck, who is sold by his loving master's servant to begin his life as a sled dog, when gold was discovered in the South. Buck takes us on a journey where the shackles of civilization are left behind, leading us to the unknown but familiar past. Forgotten senses are awakened and survival is key. The story awakens in us something forgotten. Something primal. The desire to be truly free.--Submitted by Sonia Renthlei

This is definitely not a Walt Disney book. It teaches of theories like Naturalism, Retrogression, Nietzsche's Philosophy, and Darwinism to make all the changes and experiences that form Buck, the head dog, and best dog to ever set "paw" on the Klondike icy snow.--Submitted by Anonymous

When I was at school I was assigned to read this book. And being a teenage girl I judged the book by its cover. "It is old" I thought to myself. So I threw it aside and lay on my bed. One day while bored and looking for something to do I saw the book laying there. I picked it up and read it. After hours of reading I finished the book. It was one of the best books I ever read. I even read it again to my little brother. The story was so exciting. It kept you on the edge of your seat and made you have emotional connections with the characters. By the end of the story I was saddened to realize that the book was over and that I could no longer read it. It is definitely a great book for just about anyone. I will say though that if you are easily upset by things that may happen to characters, then this book may be a hard one for you. It's a wonderful story overall and I am so glad I picked it up off my floor to read it.--Submitted by Amber Nicole.

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Nationalism representation in The Call of the Wild

Im struggling tying these ideas together in an essay. I have discussed some elements like characterization, but cannot seem to pull any significant evidence together. This is a 1500 - 1750 word essay for a 100 level English class. I am not looking for a free pass, but need to get the ball rolling! thank you for your time

The Call of the Wild

The title says it all. From the moment Buck is snatched up and sold he was thrust into a new life reminiscent to that of his ancestors. Though I could sit here and nit pick my way through the story, I like to think of Bucks physical journey as a conditioning. Everything from the first beating and the revelation of fang and claw, to the laborious work and hardships as a sled dog, he finds within himself a natural instinct that at first surprises him, but over time develops him. If it weren't for the harsh world in which he dwelt mixed with his own found ferocity he would not have survived. But as he was surviving he was growing and digressing. Like a kite takes to the wind, he tore through the layers of his being and found the dormant primordial beast that enveloped completely at the end. During the finial chapters of the book Buck gives in to the pull of the forest. It takes him so vivaciously that it starts to become him. A real turning point comes when John T. is murdered. I have read some other threads and allot of you say it's with his decision to stay and hunt the moose, but it's just to premature. Admittedly though it was a major stepping stone. I believe he viewed the bull moose as a challenge, something that needed to be done to once and fore all lay down even the smallest of thoughts or doubts he may have had subconsciously. As the victor he takes time to bask in his glory. Remember the smaller moose he took down? He left it for sometime and chased a few wolverines away upon his return. But this his greatest kill he stayed next to it for the next couple of days. Basking. But the love he had for John was the one thread that would always pull him back. And thus upon his arrival at camp and seeing what fate had befallen Thornton, that last thread of attachment snaps so surely and completely that he begins to savagely attack the Yeehat Indians. When it's over one of his last thoughts was he would never be afraid of man again, weary of club and arrow, but never afraid. And as the anger still boils within him and the finial match with the wolf pack Buck not so much as lets go rather than releases himself to the call. The call in which would run past his own mortality and through the voice of legend.

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Just a littler whimsy...

October 29th 2006, the 20th anniversary of my University, where I've whiled away, up to now, almost four years.Four years!How many four years do we get in average life span expectation?Maybe it's just like the size of the dog on the turf I saw this morning against the bulk of Buck. Anyway, that size is full of flesh and bones, save that drooped ears and loosely hanging grey hairs with some "tessels" adhering to each other by whatever liquid, yet he's alive, not alive as Buck, not a bit, I should say, yet his jogging demonstrates his eagerness for food; though it may be the only desire or fuel of his days,even the rest of his life, and yet he's not even aware of it. For him, it's a matter of fact. So he jogs, eats, and jogs. However, we human being jog, eat as well, yet we're designed to well aware of everything, the worst of all, we are well aware of our deepest recesses. It seems that Jack incarnated the same magic on Buck. On the one hand, this inbred magic is an inexorable revolver, keener numerous times that of Hal's. Thus no fancy Buck, the very crystal of mixed conception, almost a man under a beast's golden cover, having conquered one after another, Spitz, thousands miles of toil and ordeal, the seemingly unsurmountable wager, the moose, the wolves and ultimately, the call of his primordial, which to me, is the desire of Buck's inner heart, or simply one part of his flesh and bones, because he didn't need to force it out, it was just out there. One the other hand, however, that awareness requires a more invincible hand to tap, otherwise, the tragedy of Dolly is the tragedy of ourselves. Jack's wizard, again I found him vested this invincible hand upon Buck--the love for John. It is salient the quirk death of John a bit mechanical or not genuine, too sudden to be true, of course, the haste here is understandable, the perfect denouement of the "Call of the Wild" does request a little quirk to precipitate, but we're still able to trace out the lurking line:as long as John lives, so does the loving company of Buck, so does the never ending call of the wild. As I was rewarmed by the might of Nature the other day, this time the love.

Buck's Journey

My opinion on the book is quite a strong one. We are first introduced to Buck as the great dog - loyal, strong, and protective - as seen domesticated in everyday life. But he is more than that, as is every dog, as we see him not transform - but revert back to natural instincts as he truly responds to his call to the wild. We watch as he overcomes obstacles of both physical and mental exertion to his farthest limits and beyond, as he first learns the law of club and fang and as he finally conquers Spitz. Through rough but skilled hands of his first owners, to the incompetence of a group of three, and then finally, into the care of the loving John Thornton. John seems to be, metaphorically, the link between man and wolf, back to the first man taming a wild wolf all those hundreds of years ago. These ancient ties are revived in them both, as the story tells of Buck's internal struggle of fierce loyalty and love for John and his returning and natural desire for the wild conflicting with each other. Although in the end these ties are broken as John dies a tragic death, the readers get a sense of closure and understanding as Buck finally resides where he was always meant to be: in the heart, and call of the wild.

Read It Out Loud With Someone

My daughter and her class had this assignment this school year. She brought a friend home and I read a chapter out loud to them. We read the rest of the story out loud taking turns after that. They both did very well on their tests because of this. They retained more information about the book and they enjoyed it a lot more. There is a lot to learn in this book.

My opinion

I really think that the call f the wild book is rally boaring because we were reading it for my english class and the only thing that I remmember from this book is the fight that Buck had with Spitz and the only reason that I remmember that is because I saw the movie, all my jobs are about that fight because everything else was either boaring or I didin't read it, I have to do an esay about this book and I don't think that my teacher wants to read the reasons that I have for saying that this book is boaring, because it really is. I just don't get how people like to read books, I haven't find one that really makes me think that is interesting by looking at it, they all look boaring to me, but well everyone likes to do something different. Adios se cuidan, que les valla bien leyendo libros que muchas veces son mas aburridos de lo que parecen.

The Call of the Wild

A fantastic book of triumph over adversity. This strong dog who has had no experience in sledding, becomes a sled dog, learns the trade, and is able to survive in it due to his adaptation. Whitefang also shows this, but I believe that this the dog in this book truly required massive amounts of courage to overcome the problems he faced.

Superb Book!

Jack Londons, The Call Of the Wild, was a great piece of literature. London used theme and numerous literary devices to draw the reader into a world of suspence and adventure. This thrill seeking novel rates a perfect 10 on my scale!

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Admirable Sir:

I wish to say thanks for giving the most depeest, simbolic and emotional experience of my life.

The reading of "The call of the wild" made me see the things from a different point of view.

IŽll always have this in my mind.



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