Unformatted text preview: To emphasize his essential theme, London has the dog Buck being born on a large estate in the Southland (Santa Clara Valley, California). Buck does not know that there is a "yellow metal" recently discovered in the Far North and that strong, powerful dogs are desperately needed and will bring a rather large price. While Buck is a very large dog — his father was a huge Saint Bernard and his mother was a Scotch shepherd — Buck has lived a comfortable life of ease in very civilized surroundings. London writes that Buck "had lived the life of a sated aristocrat." Buck's master was the gentle and kind Judge Miller, the epitome of a highly civilized society. The fact that London chooses the Judge for Buck's master strongly underscores the fact that we are to be aware of civilization's laws, its customs, and all of the machinations of order.civilization's laws, its customs, and all of the machinations of order....
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- Fall '11