Examples Of Darwin's Theory In The Call Of The Wild

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The Call of the Wild Charles Darwin once suggested a theory he called “Survival of the Fittest” or in Jack London’s words “The Law of Fang”, claiming that species evolved from a more primitive species through the process of evolution or adaption and species that gained an edge would rule, while those without would die. This theory remains as of one of the most debatable and talked about theories in the world today. Though, in the novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London the theory of “Survival at the fittest” is shown throughout. The evolution and adaption that Buck endures is a direct example of Darwin’s theory. Buck is introduced as a civilized dog, living a life of a King, but once he is placed into certain situations he feels the urge…show more content…
Buck was presented as a civilized dog that was given anything he wanted, not needing to work for anything. The owner of Buck; Judge Miller created a strong and loving relationship with Buck. London described Bucks civilized traits “But Buck was neither house dog nor kennel dog. The whole realm was his” while on “wintry nights he lay at the Judge’s feet before the roaring library fire.”(4) Another example of Buck’s civilized ways before his primal instincts changes is stated by London “For he was king, king over all creeping, crawling flying things of Judge Miller’s place, humans included”. (6) London described Buck as a king of civilization, showing his comfort back at home. Buck is taken from his noble way of living and is introduced to the wild where he learns about the Law of Fang. This is when he realized that only the strongest survive “He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He learned the lesson, and in all his life he never forgot it”(10). He took in the law of fang when the man in the red sweater beat him. This was' his first experience with primitive law, however it unquestionably wasn't his last visit with

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