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Moon-Face by Jack London

Realism & Naturalism Project
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Edward Salac

on 14 February 2013

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By: Edward Salac "Moon-Face" Summary This short story is about the narrator who hates a man named John Claverhouse and does everything just to get rid of him. He tried making John's life miserable by insulting him, burning his barn, and even killed his dog, but none of these seems to work since John just kept on smiling and happy like they never happened. Until the day he can't stand John any longer, so he came up with a plan to kill him and live a peaceful life. Connection to Naturalism This short story can be considered literary determinism writing, or naturalism, because it focuses on the narrator's helplessness about his hatred towards a man with a face shape like a moon. It is influence by psychology because of his irrational hatred to John Claverhouse. The story shows the suffering of the narrator's everyday life as John continues to fuel his anger. The man's destiny in this short story is determined by the narrator's psychological impulses. Jack London Pictorial Biography of Jack London Works Cited: Self-educated
Born on a working-class family
Socialist
Got married twice
Planned a seven-year voyage around the world with his second wife
Died because of kidney failure (some thought he committed suicide) "Moon-Face" "The Popular American Writer, Jack London (1876 - 1916) Who Was Successively Sailor, Tramp And Gold Miner Before He Took To Writing. His 'Call Of The Wild' And 'White Fang' Have Become Classics. (Photo By Hulton Archive/Getty Images)" -- Image Date: 1/1/1906 -- Image Date: 1/1/1906." (1906): Literary Image Collection. Web. 9 Feb. 2013.


Hamilton, David Mike. "Jack London." Critical Survey Of Long Fiction, FourthEdition (2010): 1-6. Literary Reference Center. Web. 5 Feb. 2013.


London, Jack. "Moon-Face." American Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2013. <http://www.americanliterature.com/author/jack-london/short-story/moon-face>.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31403417@N00/5236137917/sizes/o/ Quote #1 "For the first time we see a certain individual, one who the very instant before we did not dream existed; and yet, at the first moment of meeting, we say: "I do not like that man." Why do we not like him? Ah, we do not know why; we know only that we do not. We have taken a dislike, that is all. And so I with John Claverhouse." Quote #2 "It haunted me, gripped hold of me, and would not let me go." Quote #3 "...when I resolved to kill John Claverhouse I had it in mind to do so in such fashion that I should not look back upon it and feel ashamed." http://www.flickr.com/photos/31403417@N00/5236137917/sizes/o/
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