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In The Law of Life, how does Koskoosh die? How was he expected to die?  

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larmesa93 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:44 AM via web

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In The Law of Life, how does Koskoosh die? How was he expected to die?


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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 10, 2010 at 1:12 AM (Answer #1)

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In London's "The Law of Life," Koskoosh is expected to freeze to death, most likely, to starve, or to be killed and eaten by animal predators.

In the society of the story, everyone is expected to contribute to the tribe.  Once a person cannot contribute, he is left behind when the tribe moves, and it is expected that he will die.

Koskoosh is no exception.  He is left to die.  He is expecting to freeze, but in the end, wolves find him, and he is about to be attacked and eaten as the story ends.

This of course seems extremely harsh by us in our world of social security and medicare and welfare, etc., but in the tribe of the story, the tribe's survival depends on everyone contributing.

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justaquestion | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM (Answer #2)

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He was left behind by his tribe because he can no longer keep up with them, and so they left his to die by freezing, to be eaten by wolves, or starve to death. eventually the wolves find him and thats how he dies, and he doesn't fight them he gives up beause he knows this is the law of life "death"

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