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The Call of the Wild

by Jack London
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In The Call of the Wild how did Buck feel about theft in the hostile northland?

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To Buck, theft was not a moral issue up there in the North.  It was simply something that you did to stay alive.  If you were able to steal something, you should because that would help you live.

Buck does not really think too hard about the idea of theft and its moral significance.  He just knows that he needs to do it.  But the book tells us that theft is something that shows who is fit to survive and who is not.  Since Buck was able to figure out how to steal without getting caught, we can see that he was fit to survive.

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