As the dogs pull the sleigh with all their might through the thick winter snow, they are forced to move forward by the “Law of the Club” in the fictional book, The Call of the Wild by Jack London. In the novel, London describes how a pet dog, Buck, is introduced to the wild. Buck is familiar with the dull boring life in the Santa Clara Valley, but now he is challenged into the wild. The Call of the Wild shows how there is a codependence between humans and dogs, demonstrates how humans take advantage of dogs for their personal needs, and describes how relationships between snow dogs and humans are short.
First, London depicts how dogs and humans depend on each other to survive in the Yukon. Traveling to the Yukon is hard when it is snowing, so both dog and human have to understand each other to survive the harsh climate. When Francois and Perrault’s sled breaks through the thinly iced lake in the Thirty Mile River, “They were coated solidly with ice, and the two men kept them on the run around the fire, sweating and thawing, so close that they were singed by the flames” (pg. 3). This demonstrates how Francois and Perrault depend on the dogs to take them to the Yukon, while the dogs show how they depend on the two men to take care of them. If the humans do not take care of the dogs, neither of them will survive. One example of how dogs and humans mistreat each other is that humans do not take care of the dogs. They whip the dogs in order for them to run faster, but the dogs cannot move because they are enervated. When Hal, Charles, and Mercedes own Buck and the other dogs, Hal keeps whipping the dogs so the dogs will run faster. He often yells, “The lazy brutes, I’ll show them, he cried, p...
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... have a loving relationship; when the Yeehats attacks where John Thornton lives: “John Thornton was dead. It felt a great void for him, somewhat akin to hunger, but a void which ached and ached…” (pg. 6). This shows how Buck’s favorite master dies, and he has lost another relationship. Buck has many relationships with his past owners, and he learns that you will never have the same master.
The relationship between humans and dogs in The Call of the Wild creates many types of bonds. According to Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Humans and dogs rely on each other to survive when traveling to the Yukon. Some human takes advantage of dogs for their own personal needs. Relationships between humans and sled dogs are short. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London shows us how dogs and human can have any type of bond for a short period of time.
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