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The Call of the Wild

There are several conflicts in the book, but the main conflict is that Buck is kidnapped and held against his will. It is resolved when he is rescued by John Thornton. When John Thornton dies,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2016, 12:30 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, Buck experiences a carefree life in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley on Judge Miller's estate, where he roams freely and enjoys the relaxing environment. However,...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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In the opening of the novel, Buck is owned by Judge Miller and lives a life that could certainly be seen as enviable by any other dog. Buck's life as the judge's dog is pampered, carefree, and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 9:42 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

One of the primary themes in Jack London's The Call of the Wild is the constant conflict between civilization and wildness--in both the human and the canine characters. The protagonist of the novel...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2013, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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The law of club and fang refers the primitive laws of nature and necessary survival skills for a dog's relationship with man and other dogs. Buck must learn this essential law in order to survive...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2017, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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I would say that one of Buck's most prevalent trait is his loyalty. Buck is extremely loyal to Judge Miller and represents obedience to his master at the start of the work. Yet, throughout his...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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As is typical of London, The Call of the Wild presents a contrast between the "civilized," comfortable life and the harsh, wild environment of the Northland. Buck begins as a domesticated dog and...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2018, 3:47 pm (UTC)

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The man that Buck sees in his dream is described as follows: This other man was shorter of leg and longer of arm, with muscles that were stringy and knotty rather than rounded and swelling. The...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2013, 11:59 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The internal conflict is that which exists within Buck between the civilized and the wild worlds. At the beginning of the story, he's a normal, domesticated dog living in comfort in the San...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020, 5:01 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The relationship between Buck and John Thornton symbolizes the bond between animals and humans. John is the pull that keeps Buck from going wild. When Buck lives with the judge, he lives like a...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016, 3:30 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Like many of his works, The Call of the Wild is a prime example of Jack London's descriptive writing style. Many scenes are described simply and objectively, with no preconceived bias. Most critics...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012, 2:26 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Buck lived a pampered life at Judge Miller’s place. Buck was not always a sled dog. Before he was kidnapped, he was a pampered house pet. Judge Miller was wealthy, living on a large farm in Santa...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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After being sold to the Scotch half-breed, Buck enjoys his nights lying by the fire and embracing the memories of his heredity. Buck dreams of man's earliest ancestor crouching around the fire and...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

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...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2020, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In the first chapter of the novel, Buck enjoys his carefree life on Judge Miller's estate, which is located in the sunny Santa Clara Valley. London goes on to write that Buck is a St....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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The first lesson Buck learned was that he had to really look out for himself amongst all the dogs on the beach. He sees Curly assaulted by a dog she approached in a friendly way. As soon as she is...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016, 1:34 am (UTC)

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After John Thorton saves Buck's life by rescuing him from his inexperienced, callous owners moments before they fall through the thin ice, he nurses Buck back to health, and Buck develops a lasting...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The 2020 film The Call of the Wild, directed by Chris Sanders and starring Harrison Ford, stays true to Jack London's novel. The Call of the Wild is a story about a spoiled pet dog named Buck that...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2021, 11:01 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The Scotch half-breed was kind towards the dogs. He checked up on them whenever they made it to camp and ensured their feet were fine. At one point he removed Dave from his traces because he was...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 4:12 pm (UTC)

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Buck was healthy, strong, and fit. Although he had lived an almost pampered life on Judge Miller's ranch, "hunting and kindred outdoor delights had kept down the fat and hardened his...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2008, 6:31 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In the classic short novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London, a dog named Buck is stolen from his warm comfortable home in the Santa Clara Valley in California and taken to the Klondike region of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019, 3:13 am (UTC)

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Buck lived a good life at the Miller’s home. He lived in a big house in Santa Clara Valley. The weather and environment were good for the dog. It was warm, and the house had enough space for Buck...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017, 9:12 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In Jack London's hard-edged and naturalistic adventure, Buck is first described as a large dog of one hundred and forty pounds, sired by a St. Bernard with a mother who was a Scotch shepherd dog....

Latest answer posted October 15, 2014, 3:49 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The falling action of a story occurs immediately after the climax and is when the tension from the story's central conflict decreases. In the novel Call of the Wild, the climax of the story takes...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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While both dogs are cunning and experienced fighters, Buck proves himself superior at the end of chapter three, when he kills Spitz. In terms of similarities, both dogs are born leaders, both are...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2021, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Following the vicious attack by the starving huskies, Perrault dauntlessly leads the dog team across Thirty Mile River's thin ice. During their difficult, dangerous journey, Perrault, Dave, Buck,...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The short novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London tells of a dog named Buck that is abducted from his comfortable home in the Santa Clara Valley in California and sold to be a sled dog in the far...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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In chapter seven, John Thorton and his two friends, Pete and Hans, embark on an expedition to a legendary gold mine in the North and take Buck and their other dogs along for the trip. After Thorton...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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There is no better way to explain author intent than through the use of the author's own words. Therefore, the following reasoning behind London's purpose for writing Call of the Wild was best...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011, 9:19 am (UTC)

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Although John Thornton is Buck's master, their relationship is that of equals who respect one another. When Thornton stops Hal from beating Buck, his own behavior is rather like that of a dog...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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The fight between Buck and Spitz is said to be ‘inevitable’ because Buck wants to challenge Spitz for leadership of the sled team. The narrative explains why: It was inevitable that the clash for...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013, 8:11 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In The Call Of The Wild, Perrault and Francois admire Buck for his quickness in mastering the responsibilities of a sled dog as well as acclimating to life in the Klondike region of Canada. Buck's...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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As the two previous posts have mentioned, the main character of Jack London's classic novel is Buck--a dog. Buck's narration is one of the most unusual aspects of the novel: an adventure tale told...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2010, 1:33 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

When Buck first arrives in Seattle, he attempts to viciously attack a dog-breaker wearing a red sweater, who mercilessly beats him with a club. Buck's instincts inform him to stop attempting to...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Spitz dies in a fight to the death with Buck in chapter 3, "The Dominant Primordial Beast," of The Call of the Wild by Jack London. This is a crucial step in Buck's transition from a domesticated...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 2:17 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Buck has developed into a primitive beast with strong instincts during his time in Alaska. Under the conditions of trail life and living as a sled dog, this instinct grew stronger. Spitz knew that...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012, 10:19 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The first chapter of The Call of the Wild begins with this verse. Old longings nomadic leap,Chafing at custom’s chain;Again from its brumal sleepWakens the ferine strain. This alerts the reader...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020, 4:01 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In his essay "The Other Animals" Jack London is answering a claim by writers such as John Burroughs that his books show that he knows nothing about the nature of animals. While London claims that...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Hal, Charles, and Mercedes die when the ice on which they are running gives way, throwing them into the freezing water, where they drown.Hal, Charles, and Mercedes had been warned numerous times...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008, 6:52 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

You may get more than one answer for this question. One of the main lessons from this story is that instinct cannot be ignored. Buck finds himself consistently drawn to the wild, despite having a...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2008, 10:31 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Buck's original owner is Judge Miller, in Santa Clara California. Buck is kidnapped by Manuel, and sold on the black market to people sending dogs to the Alaska Gold Rush. Buck is bought by...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Judge Miller was Buck’s first owner. He lived in a big house in Santa Clara Valley, California. Buck, “….ruled the estate. Here he was born, and here he had lived the four years of his life"...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016, 1:45 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

After being forcibly taken away from his pleasant home in sunny California, Buck learns to adapt to life in the Northland by regressing into a primitive form of himself, which allows him to survive...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

In chapter 1, Buck is kidnapped from Judge Miller’s peaceful estate in sunny California and brought to Seattle, where a stout man wearing a red sweater beats him into submission with a club. When...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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Thorton and his partners finally find gold. Their discovery certainly occupies much of their time; as a result, Buck has little to do and lies around in this primordial wilderness with dreams of...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The incompetent humans do not know that they have too many dogs, so they overfeed and then underfeed them. Charles and Hal have no idea what they are doing. To them, it makes sense to have as many...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Once Buck learns the hard lesson of the man in the red sweater, he adapts by watching the other dogs and understands what the laws of the wild mean. Then, his instincts begin to emerge, and this...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2007, 11:55 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Buck understands early on how the power and cruelty involved in the natural setting. The law of the club reflects this. The law of the club is how human beings subjugate the dogs. The world into...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2014, 12:42 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

Buck is unable to sleep on his first night on the trail because it is so cold. Used to spending the night indoors, he first tries to enter the tent set up for Perrault and Francois, which...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008, 5:56 am (UTC)

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The Call of the Wild

The classic short novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London tells the story of Buck, a large domestic dog who is abducted by a gardener from Judge Miller's home in the Santa Clara Valley in...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019, 3:10 am (UTC)

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