Who Is The Evil In The Call Of The Wild

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In the text Call of the Wild, Jack London believes that primitive instincts are hidden under civilization..The wilderness can bring back primordial qualities within someone. The wilderness is an uncivilized place where individuals and animals have to learn how to survive. Experiences with wilderness can turn someone from civilized to a savage. It can either improve people and animals or it can degenerate them. In the Call of the Wild, Buck transitions from civilization and enters a more primitive environment. Buck lived a carefree life at Judge Miller’s place in Santa Clara Valley. Buck ruled over this demesne; he was nothing like the other dogs who come and go. In the beginning of the novel Buck is the most arrogant and is full of himself. He is the king of the ranch who lacks fear and no one can touch him. London writes, “During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in…show more content…
He was a weak creature when thrown into wild and didn't know how to survive on his own. However, he grew stronger as time went by. Buck improved through his experiences with the wilderness because the primordial beast within him became strong and he learned how to survive in a place completely different from civilization. London writes “Only Spitz quivered and bristled as he staggered back and forth, snarling with horrible menace, as though to frighten off impending death. Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill and found it good.” Therefore, Buck is more dominant now and his reputation was growing. He began to be looked at as the greatest. Buck came into his natural self and killed his rival Spitz and taking his spot as the leader of the team. With this idea London is implying that life in the wilderness is defined by the struggle for

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