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In Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild, compare and contrast Buck and Spitz's leadership.

In The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Buck and Spitz's leadership styles are similar in that they both use strength, cunning, and bullying to get the other dogs to obey. The main contrast in their leadership is that Buck demonstrates that he is a much smarter and stronger leader than Spitz.

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The short novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London tells the story of Buck, a dog that is kidnapped from an easy life in the Santa Clara Valley in California and sent north to be a sled dog in the Yukon. One of the differences between Buck and Spitz is their background. At the time that Buck joins Spitz's team, he is a novice in living and working in the far north, whereas Spitz is an experienced sled dog. Spitz has obtained his position of leadership by being stronger, fiercer, and more cunning than the rest of the dogs. He gets the other dogs to do their best work on the trail by bullying them into submission.

Soon after Buck joins Spitz's team, it is evident to both of them that Buck is a potential rival for the leadership position. Buck takes every opportunity to harass and annoy Spitz until all the dogs and even the humans realize that a showdown is inevitable. Buck is the first dog from the southland Spitz has encountered that has the strength and cunning to challenge him. In this,...

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