Unformatted text preview: For days, Buck is constantly "in the traces," and even though he is given a half pound of food a day more than the other dogs, he never seems to have enough, and he suffers from perpetual hunger pains. This is due partly to the fact that Buck is a civilized dog and a fastidious eater, and the other dogs wolf down their food, then come over and steal Buck's rations. Buck quickly learns, however, that in order to survive, he too must wolf down his food. In a civilized society, Buck would never have had to steal food, but now he realizes that in order to survive and thrive in this hostile northern environment, he will have to learn to steal in very secret and clever ways. According to London, Buck's thefts of food "marked the decay or going to pieces of his moral nature." But what Buck is learning is that in such a wilderness as this, his old sense of morality is a hindrance to survival.learning is that in such a wilderness as this, his old sense of morality is a hindrance to survival....
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- Fall '11
- The Call of the Wild, Buck, primitive code. Buck