Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild is a plot that revolves around one character by the name Buck. Buck is resultant of two mixes, Scotch Shepherd and St. Bernard. Buck’s lived in a large house in the sun and was privileged in that he ruled over all other dogs. Besides being the ruler, he also enjoyed the companion of Judge Miller, but this did not last long until a man by the name Manuel committed some treacherous act that changed Buck’s life. Manuel was a gardener helper who had accumulated massive debts that came from a Chinese lottery gambling. Manuel opted to steal Buck from his sleep and took him to flag station identified as the College Park where he sold him with the intention of getting money to cover up for his debts. Loading the dog on an express car to Seattle, two men by the names Francois and Perrault made the purchase where they later transported the dog to Yukon through a ship by the name Narwhal. Here, Buck was trained to be a sled dog where after a few trips with the buyers he was sold to a family that was in search of gold. The family had little knowledge on how to maintain a sled team and loaded unneeded luggage which tipped over while the dogs were pulling the sled around a curve. The trip was hardly completed, and this was attributed to the inclement weather, poor management skills of the bad weather, and wrong supplies. All but one man by the name John Thornton fell and drowned on some cracked ice, and the rest of the plot narrates how he and the dog survived their way out.
The main characters in the story are Buck, John Thornton, Perrault, Francois, Charles, Hal, and Mercedes. From the novel, the story’s setting is based briefly in California, Klondike and the Alaska region of Canada in the 1890s. The central conflict in the story is between Buck and his struggle between the wild and civilization.
The plot of the story is made in such a way that the events in the book rise from one action to the other, with every action being unique in their way. The first step includes Buck being stolen from its master where he is later sold to cater for debts. The next action involves the buyer beating up Buck, and Buck realizes that the purchaser is a dominant character. After Buck is sold and trained as a sled dog, Dolly, another sled dog attacks him. Later, Buck and other sled dogs are sold to mail carriers working for the government of Canada, Perrault, and Francois. On the same note, Buck attacks and kills Spitz and becomes the lead dog.
The sled dogs are later sold to American Gold hunters by the names Mercedes, Hal, and Charles, but John Thornton saves Buck from being killed by Hal. In the same way, the dog rescues John from drowning in a river. Finally, Buck is bale to win a wager worth $1,600 for his master by pulling a thousand-pound load sled and accompanies Thornton and his friend on a quest to find a lost mine in the Canadian forest.
Buck haves some alone time in the forest where he engages in hunting for a whole day. While o his back to their camp, he found that their camp had been attacked by the Yeehat Indians. From the story, we find that these are natives of the Yukon Territory. During the assault, John Thornton is killed.
Without hesitation, raged that his master had been killed, Buck attacks the Indians who had attacked their camp where the author indicates that Buck was proud of having killed them from the statement, “man, the noblest game of all.” During this time, Buck responds to the call of the wild where he heads off into the forest.
While n the wild, Buck attains the position of the leader of a pack of wolves and is seen as a legendary figure by the wolves he leads. He continues to be the father of many cubs in the wild but maintains a habit of visiting the place where his kind master, John Thornton, met his death. While here, he mourns him before getting back to the wild. Buck assumes a legendary position, a ghost dog, and instills fear among the Yeehats. The author has set the plot in such a way that it is moving around time.
Buck is identified as the protagonist of the story. Initially, the dog is domesticated, but his wild nature is reawakened after experiencing harsh conditions. The dog goes back to the ways and characters of his ancestors.
John is the character who according to the author has the most admirable character from the narrative. One, he rescues Buck from the cruelty of Hal. He is kind but has the strength that is uncompromising, which according to the author is necessary for survival in the wilderness. He has also been selected as the ideal master because his nature is likened to that of a dog.
The men with the clubs
These are the violent men in the narrative. For example, the man in a red sweater beta back with the aim of teaching him that he is dominant and that he should be feared. Hal has also been characterized as an antagonist because he nearly kills Buck. The experiences with these men make Buck learn the art of withstanding hardships, and through them, he can attain the wilder version of his character.
Spitz is the best choice of an antagonistic character. He has been depicted as violent, cruel, and the leader of all other dogs. However, Buck fights him and takes his position.
As indicated in the exposition, the setting is based briefly in California, Klondike and the Alaska region of Canada in the 1890s. The story uses the aspect of harsh brutalities experienced in the wilderness as the central element in the story. Buck transforms from a tamed dog to a beast of the wild because of the hunger, cold, starvation, and other hardships and this is attributed to the setting chosen by the author. Through these hardships, Buck is able to transform in both spiritual and physical ways. However, the choice made by to live in the wild has an effect on the reader because they know it will not be easy for him. The setting chosen by the author is of significance as it develops Buck’s character.
Point of View
Who tells the story? Is it first person or third person? If it is the third person, is the narrator omniscient or limited? Is the narrator trustworthy?
The narrator of the story is the third person but of limited omniscient. The aspect of the narrator being the third person is because the story revolves around one dog and their thoughts, which means that the dog cannot tell their story since they are not human. The narrator is trustworthy in that he goes inside the dog’s head and the reader is able to get an intricate look at how the protagonist reasons, they way they feel, their desires, and dreams. Initially, the author pulls away from the dog where we are informed of the gold rush from a removed point of vantage. The same thing is repeated towards the end of the narrative where Buck views the wild from his point of view, and the reader is left in awe.
The author of the book, Call of the Wild, has set the plot in such a way that they have been able to address the main theme, that at some circumstances, only the strong survive. The book has also analyzed how challenges can make an individual reawaken their real selves and this has been addressed through the transformation of Buck.