Discuss the problems involved in applying the concepts of Naturalism to the reading of Jack London's "The Law of Life."

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The main problem with applying the concepts of Naturalism to the reading of London's short story "The Law of Life" is that the mere player in the world controlled by natural forces is a man who, to some extent, is able to exert his own will against his inexorable fate. 

While there is certainly the Naturalistic superiority of nature over the individual in London's narrative, there is also throughout this narrative the emphasis upon the memory of old Koskoosh. And, it is his recurring memory of the old moose that serves as a reminder of the cognitive superiority of man, and his ability to act outside the realm of instinct. In recalling the attack of the wolves upon the moose, Koskoosh goes over in his mind...

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