Jack London

Jack London book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is the summary and different parts of the plot of Jack London's story "All Gold Canyon"?

Expert Answers info

booksnake eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2019

write443 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

At the beginning of "All Gold Canyon," Jack London spends a long time painting a beautiful picture of a California mountain canyon in the springtime, which is unquestionably the time of year in which that landscape is the most lush and peaceful. The only character in this part of the story is a large deer, but then the deer becomes alert: he hears a human, and he knows enough to run.

Here the tone shifts significantly. The man's singing fills the canyon "and the spirit of the place fled away on the heels of the red-coated buck." Oblivious to the changes, the man, a prospector, is delighted, and he sets up camp. He immediately starts digging up the land and panning for gold. He pans sections up and down the stream, figuring out where the gold is concentrated and where the deposit begins and ends. He continues this pattern, mapping out the gold deposit by digging up everywhere in the valley that he finds gold, and he talks to the "pocket" of gold that he believes he is hunting in the...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 692 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Margarete Abshire eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)


calendarEducator since 2016

write977 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial