Call Of The Wild Essay

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“All that stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plain to kill things by chemically propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy to kill- all this was Buck’s, only it was infinitely more intimate.” (London, 39). The Call of the Wild is an adventurous novel written by Jack London. The story is about a young dog named Buck, who gets taken from his pleasant home in Santa Clara Valley, California, and is forced to survive in the harsh Alaskan climates. In this attention-grabbing book, the theme of the Power of the Primitive is painted on the pages, filling the book. Buck becomes more and more attracted to the call of the wild as he’s introduced to the lives of the wolf in this thrilling book.
Buck experienced feelings that brought him closer and closer to feeling like a wild animal, and less like a tamed, domestic, house pet. “So peremptorily did these shades beckon him, that each day mankind and the claims of mankind skipped farther from him” (London, 76). Buck continues to adventure out into the woods, as his human owner hungrily searches for gold. He feels the Call of his ancestors get even stronger. He wants to hunt,
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He pictured their lives through his eyes, as if they were living almost vicariously through him. “Sometimes as he crouched there, blinking dreamily at the flames, it seemed that the flames were of another fire, and that as he crouched by this other fire he saw another different man from the half-breed cook before him” (London, 76). When Buck spends the little time he has to rest by the fire, he floats into a dream state. He’s able to imagine a caveman, taking the place of his real owner, the Scotch half-breed. The caveman in the vision is accompanied by the twinkling eyes of his wolf ancestors, from thousands of years ago, when man and dog had just met, and were only beginning to be