In The Call of the Wild, author Jack London shows Buck to have human qualities, thoughts and behaviors. Find an example of this in the book.Find an example of this in the book and show how the...

In The Call of the Wild, author Jack London shows Buck to have human qualities, thoughts and behaviors. Find an example of this in the book.

Find an example of this in the book and show how the example makes Buck appear to be "like human."

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my opinion, the author has Buck act and think like a human pretty much throughout the whole book.  He gives Buck this range of emotions and a real ability to think.

So, just to take a couple of examples:

  • In Chapter 2 he wanders around "miserable and disconsolate" until "finally an idea came to him."
  • In this same chapter, a little earlier, Buck has particular feelings for Curly and about the way the fight went.  He is upset that there was no fair play and he hates Spitz for laughing at the killing.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that the ending of the book best demonstrates Buck's human qualities.  These can be demonstrated throughout the book, but somehow, I just find the ending to be the most meaningful as proving that Buck possesses human characteristics and traits.  While he has been burned significantly by humans and their moments of unspeakable cruelty, Buck demonstrates love and care for Thornton.  This is highly human in that Buck does not allow his past experiences color how he loves and feels emotions for another.  When Thornton is killed, it is the final straw and reflects a tendency of human beings to act when a point of no return has been reached.  In visiting Thornton's grave each year, Buck demonstrates a trait of loyalty, a human trait that is not as evident as it should be in human beings.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Jack London's almost human characterization of Buck is certainly one of the qualities that makes a Call of the Wild classic. From the opening chapter, Buck is evidently a special breed--a ruler and "king" even before he becomes the most superior sled dog in the Yukon. Examples include:

  • In Chapter 1, at Judge Miller's house in the Santa Clara Valley, "over this great domain Buck ruled... The whole realm was his... for he was king--king over all creeping, crawling flying things of Judge Miller's place, humans included."
  • In Chapter 2, while discovering the dogs' way of sleeping during the sub-freezing cold, Buck reasons as a human would. "Finally an idea came to him... To his astonishment, they had disappeared... Buck confidently selected a spot... and he slept soundly and comfortable, though he... wrestled with bad dreams."
  • In the final chapter, Buck relinquishes his human masters, but he still thinks like a man. "All day Buck brooded by the pool... At times, when he paused to contemplate the carcasses of the Yeehats, he forgot the pain of it; and at such times he was aware of a greater pride in himself--a pride greater than any he had experienced."

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