The Call of the Wild | Study Guide

Jack London

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the-call-of-the-wild-jack-londonJack London1903EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Callof the WildAdventureAdventureSet primarily in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, The Call of the Wild follows the experiences of Buck, a St. Bernard and sheepdog mix, as he is kidnapped from his easy domesticated life and forced to work as a sled dog. As he adjusts to his ever-changing situation, Buck survives by tapping into his primitive, wild side.A Fight toSurviveand BelongTHEMESCivilization vs. the WildBucks journey from domesticity to embracing his more primitive selfis a central tension. MercedesHals helpless, selfish sisterJohn ThorntonRescues Buck fromHals mistreatment SpitzLeader of the dogsled teamuntil Buck masters himHalYoung gold prospector;Buck's harsh masterKnowledge & PowerBoth instinctive and learned knowledge help Buckgain dominance. BelongingBucks relationships with humans and other dogs shape his abilityto fit into their worlds.Main CharactersLaw & OrderAs Bucks situation changes,he encounters different rulesby which he must live.MotifsJACK LONDON1876–1916AuthorSources: Biblio,, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb,Jack London State Historic Park, New York Times, Women in Literatureedited by Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.VisionsBucks visions open a window toa more primitive time, in whichboth humans and dogs wereless domesticated. CurlyFemale dog killed for beingtoo friendlyDaveGritty dog; teaches Buck about being part of dogsled teamViolenceBeatings, killings, and fighting for mastery irrevocably change Bucks life after his kidnapping. Narrator, Chapter 2nd not only did he learn by experience, but instincts long dead became alive again. The domesticated generations fell from him.BuckKidnapped from domestic ease; discovers his wild side inthe Klondike London was one of the most prolific, popular, and romanticized writers of his time. The Call of the Wild was based on his experiences as a prospector in the Yukon. An instant favorite, it garnered London lasting fame and was followed by many other novels, including the adventure tale White Fang.FriendshipAntagonistThe Call of the Wildby the NumbersYear London set off for the Yukon1897Amount theSaturday Evening Post originally paid for the story$750Books in thefirst printing, which immediately sold out10,000Age when London quit school and left his California home for adventure14ALASKAYUKON

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