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The Call of The Wild
Transcript of The Call of The Wild
Antagonist- The harsh climate; Spitz; and Buck's cruel owners The setting of The Call of the Wild
is briefly in California but is mostly in Yukon Territory, Canada and Alaska during the mid 1890's. Buck Conflict Buck is the main character, and he is forced
to adapt to the new environment and use
his ancestral instincts to find ways to get food,
stay warm, and even defend himself from
Spitz, a nemesis of Buck's that tried to kill him
many times in the past. Throughout the novel
Buck turns from a tame dog into a savage beast. The climax of this book
is when John Thornton
saves Buck from Hal's cruelty. In the rising action, it gives examples of different things that Buck has to endure. An example is when he is attacked by Dolly, one of the other sled dogs, who was only stopped when François was forced to chop her head off with an ax, and Buck's fight with Spitz. François- A French Canadian mail driver who buys Buck and adds him to his team of sled dogs.
Perrault- François's second man who helps François turn Buck into an exceptional sled dog.
John Thornton- Buck's final owner who is seeking gold and saved Buck from Hal's cruelty Supporting Characters After John Thorton saves Buck's life, Buck lives with him until John is killed by Yeehats, natives of the Yukon Territory. Thorton was later found by Buck with an arrow in his chest not breathing. Summary
Buck was a huge St. Bernard who lived with Judge Miller. When Buck was four-years-old, gold was discovered in Alaska, and big dogs were needed to transport the heavy dogsleds through the snow-covered terrain. Sadly Buck was stolen and sold to pay gambling debts. His knew owners worked him as a sled dog in cold terrain which was much different from his old life. Buck was forced to relearn his ancestors survival instincts if he wanted to survive the new environment. Buck made some friends and enemies along the way which taught him many life lessons like how to survive the bad weather, and the other dogs in his sledding party. Finally John Thornton comes along in the end and saves Buck from being worked to death by Hal and Charles. After Thorton dies, Buck chased down the Yeehats and killed the group that murdered his beloved owner. Without an owner to be loved by, Buck killed the Yeehats without hesitation and was proud of himself for killing "man, the noblest game of all." This is the climax because at this point in time, Buck learns that he was becoming a ferocious beast, but once he started living with Thorton he was able to be a tame dog again. Theme The theme of this book is that everyone needs love. Even the best of people can become savage beasts if they are not treated with care and affection.
Another possible theme in this novel would be to trust the power of ancestral memory and your instincts in life-or-death situations. About the Author Jack London was a man of adventure. He traveled the country as a tramp, and he was also a pirate for a short time. When London was in college, the Klondike Gold Rush started, and he hoped to become rich. Sadly, his dreams did not come true, but he did get a lot of new material for this book. Connections to the Book The story started in California (This is where he grew up).
The majority of the setting was in the Klondike region of Alaska and Canada
The story is about the rush for gold, and he was a gold prospector himself.
He knew what it was like in different parts of the world because of his time as a tramp. Socio-Economic Status In the beginning of the book, he was a valued pet.
In the middle of the book, he was a working sled dog.
In the end of the book, he was an unowned, wild dog. Project By:
Period: 4-6 Type of Conflict:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature Literary Elements Foreshadowing- Starving dogs attacked Buck early on in his journey. This was meant to show that Buck will eventually have to kill other dogs for food, too.
Motifs- Fights to the death between the dogs
Symbols- Buck's progression from a "wheel dog" to a "lead dog" symbolizes how well he adapted to the environment and how bold and willing he is. Bibliography
SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on The Call of the Wild.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2003. Web. 2 Oct. 2012.
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. London: Macmillan and Co., 1903. Print. A "wheel dog" is the dog directly in front of the sled.
A "lead dog" is the dog leading the pack.