If you were to climb into Buck's skin what important event/experience would you relate in monologue form to show his transformation to the wild.This will be presented orally before my class!
Do you mean into being totally wild or do you mean when he goes from being a pet to not being a pet?
If you are talking about the end of him being a pet, I would talk about the man in the red sweater beating him.
If you are talking about him becoming totally wild, I would talk about coming back to the camp and finding John Thornton dead.
I sort of think you're talking about the second thing. So I would talk about that -- I'd talk about how I had been hearing the call of the wild, of the past for so long but having Thornton kept me from really giving in to it. Then I would talk about how seeing him dead cut my last connections to the human world. Maybe I would talk about what I used to want (keep people happy) and what I now want (to dominate my pack and to be wild and free).
I hope that's what you mean...
If you can focus on any part of his journey, I would also suggest his final show-down with Spitz. You could discuss all of the events leading up to the fight, what you learned from each encounter with Spitz, and how the final kill changed your mindset. This is a pivotal scene not only because Buck's mindset changed, but it gave him an opportunity to become the lead dog on the sled team which, of course, alters his whole experience.