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Unformatted text preview: London, however, does not suddenly make Buck into an all-good, ideal, one-dimensional dog. He says that in spite of the great love which Buck has for John Thornton, Buck still retains a strong sense of the primitive. In other words, Buck's faithfulness and devotion — qualities associated with a civilized society — are apparent in his conduct toward John Thornton, but Buck still retains his protective instincts for the wild and his mastery of the primitive. London also reminds us that Buck's body is scarred, "scored by the teeth of many dogs," so much so that other dogs would quickly acknowledge his supremacy in a fight. Buck had indeed "learned well the law of club and fang . . . he must master . . . because to show mercy was a weakness. Mercy did not exist in the primordial life . . . kill or be killed, eat or be eaten was the law." During these times, Buck relishes living with John Thornton, yet there are other, deeper claims to him also. From far deep down in the forest, he often hears wild sounds and calls that are mysteriously thrilling and...
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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