Jack London

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Jack London was an American man of many talents, which included being an author, journalist and a social activist, despite being minimally educated. Nonetheless, he was undoubtedly most recognized for his short stories and novels that fixated on the harsh, cold climates that Mother Nature crafted. London focused on a deeper level of the wild and the literary devices in his work are littered throughout every one of his novels and short stories, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, as well as “To Build a Fire.” London’s actual name was John Griffith Chaney and he was born on January 12, 1876 in San Francisco, California. His mother, Flora Wellman, was unwed while his father, William Chaney, was a many of many trades, and he worked as an attorney, journalist, and worked in the field of American astrology. London’s father was never in his life and as a result, his mother married a man named John London, and the three moved to the Bay Area before they officially settled in Oakland. Jack was raised in the working-class, and struggled through his teenage years. He had a variety of jobs, comparable to his father, except he could not keep one for very long. From pirating oysters, working on a sealing ship in the Pacific to finding employment in a cannery, London’s undertakings inspired him. Whenever London found any spare time, he would visit a library, read novels of every kind and write. His writing career sparked in 1893 when his mother encouraged him to submit a story that was based off his adventures of surviving a typhoon on a sealing voyage, despite his eighth grade education. A twenty-five dollar prize motivated London to commit his life to writing from that point onward. Unfortunately, overtime, London developed... ... middle of paper ... ...n who ventured out into the Yukon, completely unprepared for what was to come. The tone in this short story is fitting due to the circumstances, and the third person narrator seems to be very critical and impatient with the man because of his rash and irresponsible decision. Works Cited Hartzell, David . "A Short Jack London Biography." A Short Biography of Jack London With Color Pictures. www.jacklondons.net, 4 Apr. 2008. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. "Into the Primitive." The Call of the Wild, by Jack London; Page 2. Page by Page Books, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. "Jack London." 2014. The Biography Channel website. Mar 28 2014. http://www. Biography.com/people/jack-london-9385499 "The Makers Of Fire." White Fang, by Jack London; Part III Page 1. PageByPageBooks.com, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

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