The Aspects of the Character Progression in Call of the Wild, a Novel by Jack London

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In Jack Landon’s story, call of the wild, in the beginning we so how Buck is a well groomed and pampered animal. He pretty much has the run of the owner’s property. But he was kidnapped from his lovely home, and ever since then he has changed dramatically, from having to go through the abuse of multiple owners. We will be looking at what Judge Miller, The man in the red Sweater, and John Thornton, the three most important owners in his life taught Buck and how they affected him.

Judge Miller owns an enormous house and a great deal of property. He also an impressive dog named Buck. “Buck was nether house dog or kennel dog. The whole realm was his. He was treated like he was part of the family. He went hunting with the Judge’s sons and even would escort the Judge’s daughters to parties. And on cold nights he would be the one who would lay at the judge’s feet by the library fire.

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Buck ignored the other dogs, because he believed he was king over every creepy crawling thing at the Judge’s place, including humans. But because he was treated this way, he grew up with too much pride, believing he was a king, and easily trusted those around him. He had everything he could possibly want until he was stolen from his home and sold into captivity.

When Buck was first stolen and sold from his beloved owner that is when the angry “Kidnapped King” first got a taste of the brutal world.

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Whenever he tried to face his tormenters he was thrown around and choked multiple times, until they finally threw him into a cage, there he would lay nursing his anger and wounded pride. He was sold to “The man in the red sweater” An experienced dog handler. The man in the red sweater breaks Buck out of the crate where he has been bounded for two days without food or water. Buck is furious, but the man teaches him humility by hitting him with a club; each time Buck attacks, the man in the red sweater beats him, eventually hitting him in the genitals as the finishing blow. Buck is so badly beaten, that he stops trying to attack and starts to willingly eat food from the man’s hands. By continually beating Buck with a club until he is submissive, the man in the red sweater teaches Buck to submit to his owners, but not to “conciliate” to them. And to learn the ways of the “law of the club” By being taught this, Buck also learns to be humble and realizes that he is not a King.

Lastly, John Thornton and Buck’s connection goes far beyond the working relationships that Buck had with his other owners. He respected those men for their understanding of dogs and of nature, but he had no great affection for them. John Thornton is “the ideal master,” for he understands Buck without difficulty or confusion. Buck loves him because he shows his need for Buck, repeatedly demonstrating that Buck can help him in ways that others can’t. When Buck wins him 1600 dollars or saves him from a deadly rapid, John Thornton is honoring Buck, honoring his power and his loyalty. This loyalty goes beyond the loyalty of the team. Buck depended on those dogs for his life, but he depends on John Thornton for his happiness. Buck learns the “law of the club” from Red Sweater, he learns about oppression. Thorton taught Buck about love, loyalty, and partnership.

Buck changes because he learns to fully grasp the nature of human cruelty. Buck undergoes changes from a domesticated dog to a wild one as a result of all that is done to him. His abduction from Judge Miller was the result of human deceit and through this, Buck learns how to adapt in the wild. And the man in the red sweater taught him to be humble. But Buck’s loyalty to Thornton is once again severed by human cruelty. This causes him to change into a being of the wild to forget the world of humans, fraught with disloyalty and dishonor. The lure of the wild in terms of the hunt and the nature of “kill or be killed” is something of which Buck becomes a part, fully evolving into the “Ghost Dog,” a being of the wild.

In Jack Landon’s story, call of the wild, in the beginning we so how Buck is a well groomed and pampered animal. He pretty much has the run of the owner’s property. But he was kidnapped from his lovely home, and ever since then he has changed dramatically, from having to go through the abuse of multiple owners. We will be looking at what Judge Miller, The man in the red Sweater, and John Thornton, the three most important owners in his life taught Buck and how they affected him.

Works Cited

  1. London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. New York: Aladdin, 2003. Print.

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