The Call of the Wild essay
By: Howard Wu
In The Call of the wild, the protagonist, Buck, gradually transmutes his character from a domesticated house-dog to a vigorous, fearsome and bold animal. Jack London, following the protagonist Buck, emphasises the transmutation of Buck's character throughout the novel. Buck's character changes throughout the novel mainly in a positive manner. This is evident when London a variety of techniques such as very descriptive sentences and consistent use of literary techniques to emphasise the development of Buck's character.
In the beginning, the reader perceives Buck as a loving, typical housedog. Buck was then kidnapped for money by a rogue gardener with intentions to sell Buck to resolve his gambling issues. The reader could tell that buck was confused and naÃÂ¯ve, this is evident when London writes: "He had never been struck by a club in his life, and did not understand."
This shows how truly how Buck is confused by the dramatic transition between his old and new environment. The reader could also distinguish the fact that Buck gains confidence and mastery over his environment, showing how differently Buck is behaving and responding to his environment. This can be seen when London writes: "He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time." London also reinforces this point by using the metaphor to describe Buck as a killer. He also uses repetition to emphasise the fact that he is a bold, primordial animal. This is evident when London writes: "he is a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive." The...