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The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
The Call of the Wild Jack London, Cont:
The Call of the Wild Jack London, Cont:
1903 Adventure; Beast Fable The Late 1890s Canada; Alaska two regions
1903 Adventure; Beast Fable The Late 1890s Canada; Alaska two regions
The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
The Call of the Wild Author Jack London
Literary Focus Point of View Protagonist Antagonist
Literary Focus Point of View Protagonist Antagonist
Characters Buck
Characters Buck
Bucks archrival A fierce devil-dog used to winning fight with other
Bucks archrival A fierce devil-dog used to winning fight with other
An American gold seeker Hal buys Bucks dog team Terrible masters to
An American gold seeker Hal buys Bucks dog team Terrible masters to
Mercedes
Mercedes
Charles
Charles
John Thornton
John Thornton
Literary Focus Allegory
Literary Focus Allegory
Literary Focus Symbolism
Literary Focus Symbolism
Literary Focus, Cont Themes and Conflicts
Literary Focus, Cont Themes and Conflicts
A German philosopher Two Types of Human Beings: Masters, who have a
A German philosopher Two Types of Human Beings: Masters, who have a
Overview
Overview
Overview, Cont
Overview, Cont

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The Call of the Wild Author Jack London

Jack London Born 1876, Died 1916 Left school after 8th grade, but later returned to graduate from high school Only briefly attended Cal, Berkley before beginning a life of adventure Some of his adventures in real life included the following: Pirate Tramp Gold prospector Journalist for Various Wars

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The Call of the Wild Jack London, Cont:

The Call of the Wild is his most famous work These experiences, especially his time looking for gold in Canada, are seen in The Call of the Wild Wrote over 50 books and was at one time the most popular writer in America His works focused on the exploration of new frontiers, including the American West They celebrated violence, power and strength

4 1903 Adventure; Beast Fable The Late 1890s Canada; Alaska two regions

1903 Adventure; Beast Fable The Late 1890s Canada; Alaska two regions

that are diametrically opposedthe Southland and the Northland. The former represents civilization and the latter the wild. In the South, Buck lived a domesticated and perfectly stable life. When Buck arrives in the North, he realizes that survival is the only concern.

Literary Focus Date of Publication Genre Setting (TIME) Setting (PLACE)

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6 Literary Focus Point of View Protagonist Antagonist

Literary Focus Point of View Protagonist Antagonist

Third-Person The Call of the Wild is told from a very unusual point of viewthat of a dog. Yet a human narrator stands outside of Buck's consciousness and makes sense of the dog's universe to human readers. Buck Nature; Selfish, Irresponsible Owners

7 Characters Buck

Characters Buck

A powerful dog, who feels the call of the wild Buck is stolen from the California estate and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic Buck evolves from a pampered pet into a fierce, masterful animal, a survivor in the cruel Northern wilderness

8 Bucks archrival A fierce devil-dog used to winning fight with other

Bucks archrival A fierce devil-dog used to winning fight with other

dogs Spitz is defeated and killed by Buck Amoral and ruthless

Spitz

9 An American gold seeker Hal buys Bucks dog team Terrible masters to

An American gold seeker Hal buys Bucks dog team Terrible masters to

the dog team

Hal

10 Mercedes

Mercedes

Hals sister and Charless wife Spoiled and pampered Slows down the journey Does show some sympathy for the dogs

11 Charles

Charles

Mercedes husband and Hals brother-in-law Inexperienced and foolish

12 John Thornton

John Thornton

Bucks final master Experienced gold hunter and knows the ways of the Klondike Thornton and Bucks relationship is the ideal for human and animalthey protect each other and are devoted to each other

13 Literary Focus Allegory

Literary Focus Allegory

An allegory tells two stories at onceone set in the reality of the story and one with more symbolic significance On one level the story is simply about a dog answering the call of the wild. On a deeper level, however, the novel may be voicing Londons opinion that man is inherently savage and, like Buck, must learn to survive by any means necessary

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Literary Focus Symbolism

Hal and his companions represent the weakness of civilized people and embody the worst kind of man to human relationship Mercedes is symbolic of how civilized women are babied by their men and unsuited for life in the wild

15 Literary Focus, Cont Themes and Conflicts

Literary Focus, Cont Themes and Conflicts

Survival Cruelty of Nature Survival of the Fittest Quest for Alpha Dog Status Primitive Instincts Rugged Individualism Freedom and Solitary Life Civilization vs. Nature

16 A German philosopher Two Types of Human Beings: Masters, who have a

A German philosopher Two Types of Human Beings: Masters, who have a

will to be powerful and slaves who do not have that same desire Envisioned a natural world defined by fierce competition for scarce resources Darwins theory can be simplified into the idea of survival of the fittest

Influences Friedrich Nietzsche Charles Darwin

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Overview

Buck is a powerful dog, who is a mix of St. Bernard and sheepdog Gold is discovered in the Klondike region of Canada and Buck is sold to dog traders Buck, who had grown used to the sunny weather of California, is shocked by the harsh conditions of the north Buck however becomes adept and learns to trust his animalistic nature He soon becomes the lead dog for his team

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Overview, Cont

On one of Bucks journeys his inexperienced masters ignore the dangers of the wilderness With the help of the gold hunter John Thornton Buck is freed from his irresponsible owners and becomes completely devoted to Thornton He saves Thorntons life on more than one occasion Bucks affection for Thornton is tempered, however, because he is increasingly drawn to the call of the wild Once a dog of leisure, Buck has developed into an animal that is one with nature.

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