Buck goes from being the dog in command at Judges Ranch that takes care of kids, hunting with Judge and swimming to a sled dog in very cold harsh conditions carrying hundreds of pounds.How? Well Manuel the gardener likes betting and he sells Buck to a stranger. Buck changes in many ways. One way is that he lost his pride from commander to a obedient dog. Also because he is limited to his normal supply of food and water.
My Personal Response to The Call of the Wild by Jack London The novel The Call of the Wild tells a story about how Buck, a domesdicated dog in the "sun-kissed" Santa Clara, managed to survive in the wilds of Klondike. Jack London conveyed many of his own ideas about living in this novel by telling readers what Buck went through to adjust to the harsh realities of life in the frosty North, where survival was the only imprerative. Throughout Buck's adjustment there were several turning-points which forced him to understand better of the rules of the wild world. The first one was Curly's death. When Buck first arrived in the north, he watched a friendly dog named Curly brutally killed by a group of vicious sled dogs, only because of her trying to make friends with one of them.
Bucks long and hard life journey can easily be compared to that of Odysseus in The Odyssey by Homer. Buck is sent on a hard journey to find out what kind of work he must really do, and when placed in the hands of countless bad owners he makes the best of the situations just like Odysseus was able to defeat all of the monsters that crossed his path. Buck then returned to a home like setting only to find it difficult for him to fit in from a tough life on the road, how Odysseus was unrecognized by all but his dog. Finally Buck got what he thought was to be ‘home’ with John Thornton until tragedy strikes and Buck finds the wolves. Buck is finally ‘at home’ when he finds the great timber wolf pack and runs with them, leading and understanding life.
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.
He sells Buck in order to obtain more money; Buck is sent west to be a sled dog and is cruelly mistreated along the way. A quick learner, he adapts well to the sled dog life. His heritage also helped him become accustomed to the harsh Klondike climate. Some difficulties such as sore feet and a voracious appetite set him back at the beginning, but he speedily overcomes them. Buck goes through several masters and many thousands of miles.
He finds himself having to choose whether to stay with Thornton or go out into the wild. However, t... ... middle of paper ... ...ving on things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.” (56) As Buck is hunting, he realizes that the only way to survive in the North is by being stronger than anything else. He notices that the only reason that he is still alive is because he is a strong killer. All in all, The Call of the Wild is a classic example of Naturalism because it contains many characteristics of Naturalism like the time, the geographical location, and the concept of survival of the fittest. From Buck’s first encounter with snow to him joining a pack of wild wolves, Naturalism is always present in The Call of the Wild.
At the same time, he develops a fierce rivalry with Spitz, the lead dog in the team. One of their fights is broken up when a pack of wild dogs invades the camp, but Buck begins to undercut Spitz’s authority, and eventually the two dogs become involved in a major fight. Buck kills Spitz and takes his place as the lead dog. With Buck at the head of the team, Francois and Perrault’s sled makes record time. However, the men soon turn the team over to a mail carrier who forces the dogs to carry much heavier loads.
Thus he learned that in the event of a fight, he must always stay on his feet. Spitz, the sly-eyed and powerful lead dog of the sled team, took pleasure in these disputes. Dogs being slashed to ribbons seemed to amuse Spitz, making Buck hate him from the beginning. Buck came to know his teammates: which dogs were approachable, and which to leave alone. He learned the necessary skills of a sled dog, which included digging under the snow at night for warmth, surviving on far less food than he was used to, stealing food from other dogs, and the knack for pulling a load.
Unlike Fatty, the first dog to disappear, Frog was "no fool dog" and also the "strongest of the bunch." The men eat a very gloomy breakfast, harness the sled and repeat another day across the frozen Northland. After dinner, however, they decide to tie the dogs to stakes with leather straps to prevent another dog from running away to certain death. As they settle down for the evening the dogs become agitated and Bill and Henry look up to see the she-wolf wandering through the camp, eyeing the dogs. She is a decoy for the wolf pack, remarks Henry, luring the sled dogs away as food for the pack.
Although he is miserable on the journey, Buck learns an important lesson - the law of the club. If he does not obey, he will be beaten. In Alaska, Buck is sold to become a sled dog. Intelligent and hard working, he quickly learns to adapt to his new life. He becomes a good sled dog, working as part of the team; he also learns how to protect himself from the miserable cold, burrowing under the snow, and how to find food, stealing if necessary.