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In "The Call of the Wild", why did the "primordial beast" continue to grow in Buck?why...

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rareone | Student, Grade 10

Posted March 17, 2009 at 9:32 AM via web

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In "The Call of the Wild", why did the "primordial beast" continue to grow in Buck?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 18, 2009 at 1:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The well-named "primordial beast" grows in Buck for two intertwined reasons. One is what happens to him (the plot). He encounters violence, has to adapt to an environment, and, eventually, does violence and joins the wolves. For a domestic dog to kill (beating the human killers) makes him more of a beast, as does running with the wolves. On the thematic level, this essential nature is part of London's point. He's making an argument through this change about what nature, including human nature, is. Therefore, Buck has to become this beast because that's his essence.

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