Across the horizon: the rising sun and endless possibilities
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Home - Studyworld Studynotes - Quotes - Reports & Essays 

 

STUDYWORLD STUDYNOTES:

CLASSIC LITERATURE ANALYSIS

STUDYWORLD REPORTS & ESSAYS

RESEARCH AND IDEA DATABASE




Oakwood Publishing Company:

SAT; ACT; GRE

Study Material


xx

 



Home :
:
 

 

amazon.gif (2962 bytes)


studyhead.gif (11688 bytes)

 

___________________________Call of the Wild by Jack London

STUDYWORLD STUDYNOTES

The Call of the Wild

 

Theme

The main theme in the novel, The Call of the Wild is the concept of "survival of the fittest." This can be seen in Buck and how he adjusts to his new environment as well as in the men and how they are able to adapt to the environment.

Another theme is rivalry and examples of it are when: man vs. nature, such as weather and perils of the trail; man vs. animal, such as the attack of the starving pack; and animal vs. animal between Buck and Spitz.

The call that Buck so often hears and finally obeys is the call of wolves, and the song he finally sings with them is their song, the song of the pack - a chorus of long, draws-out, unforgettable howls that can be head for miles.

Buck shares some traits with the pack he joins because dogs and wolves are members of the same species. Dogs and wolves will mate, and they have fertile offspring. Thus, London's telling of young wolves with Buck's color and markings is scientifically accurate.

The gray, or timber, wolves that Buck joins resemble large, well-developed German shepherds. Compared to these wolves, whose heads barely reach his shoulder, Buck is indeed gigantic.

There is, however, one extremely important difference between Buck and the wolves (and, indeed, between Buck and most dogs). Buck's killing people is the result of all the extraordinary circumstances that have occurred since his kidnapping. And - despite the fictional accounts of wolves killing and eating human beings, accounts that have been terrifying readers for centuries - there is not a single recorded case of this ever having happened.

Three years after The Call of the Wild was published, Jack London wrote White Fang as a companion piece to the story of Buck.

 

 

  • Biography of Jack London
  • Character List

  • Background on The Call of the Wild

  • Quick/Fast Review

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 1

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 2

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 3

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 4

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 5

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 6

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 7

  • Themes

  • Studyworld Essay Search on The Call of the Wild


    Studyworld Studynotes Listed by TITLES

    Studyworld Studynotes Listed by AUTHORS


    Home.•. Contact Us.•. Citing This Webpage

     



     

  •  



    Teacher Ratings: See what

    others think

    of your teachers



    Copy Right