Book report of The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London

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The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, is a story about Buck, a four- year old dog that is part Shepherd and part St. Bernard. More importantly, it is a naturalistic tale about the survival of the fittest in nature. As the judge's loyal companion, working with his sons, and guarding his grandchildren, Buck ruled over all things - humans included. Combining his mother's intelligence with the size and strength of his father, Buck became the undisputed leader of all the dogs on the estate. Throughout the novel, Buck proves that he is fit and can endure the and the law of the club, the law of the fang, and the laws of nature.

At this time, gold had been found in Alaska, and thousands of men were going there. This Gold Rush in the Yukon and Alaska prompted the need for big, strong dogs who will be able to pull sleds over icy trails.

Buck is exactly what the explorers want So far in his life, he enjoyed his civilized life with the occasional nature stroll or hunting trip. Manuel, a gardener's helper with a gambling problem and a need for money, manages to kidnap Buck and sell him on the black market. He is given to a saloon-keeper and transported on train to the Northland. Throughout the trip, Buck is kept in a cage and becomes very angry. He manages to bite the saloon-keeper. By the time he arrives at his destination, he has worked himself into a rage.

The meeting with the Red Sweater and the painful encounters with his club push Buck into submission. He is not broken, but he knows better than to keep resisting, which can only result in more beatings. Once he is behaving correctly, Buck, along with Dave and Curly,