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Mutiny is an all out rebellion or revolt. We often hear it being used in stories about ships on the sea when the crew members, for one reason or another, revolt against their captain and take over the ship. 

In The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Buck starts a mutiny against the lead dog, Spitz. He starts out by doing small things to sabotage Spitz's leadership, but then Buck gets bolder and encourages the other dogs to do the same. For example, when Spitz goes after Pike for sleeping later than the others, Buck protects Pike. The actions Buck and the other dogs take causes Spitz to lose the respect of the pack. All of the dogs join Buck in this rebellion.

Finally, there is a big fight between Buck and Spitz when they join another team of dogs in a rabbit chase. Buck is in the lead, but Spitz cuts him off and catches the rabbit. Buck attacks Spitz, and there is a fight to the death.

"Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill and found it good" (London Ch. 3).

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The Call of the Wild

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