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October 2018

The Call Of The Wild

Michael Alpers

Call of The Wild Literary Analysis 

Mr. Fitzsimmons Class





Releasing the Primordial Beast 



The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck, and under the fierce conditions of trail life it grew and grew.

— Jack London 




    Spitz comes out of nowhere and is practically on Bucks back, they are neck and neck and Buck tries to bite Spitz, he misses. As they ferociously chase the rabbit both Buck and Spitz stop staring into each other’s souls as if reading their life stories. There is dead quiet after the rabbit is devoured by the other dogs. The dogs formed a circle around Buck and Spitz and waited for showdown of a lifetime to begin. In this scene in The Call Of The Wild, Jack London describes that Buck does whatever it take to survive including releasing the primordial beast that truly shows the call of the wild:


    Primal instincts, something we all have but rarely unleash. In the book The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London, Buck goes from being a lazy house dog to a strong, relentless and resilient wild beast capable of primal things. Buck’s process of devolution starts in a large house in California and ends in the Canadian wilderness thousands of miles away from where his journey had started. Buck had already been through hell. He was taken from his home, sold to a strange man, shipped up to Seattle on a train and is now in a strange dog yard run by a man in a red sweater. The men who brought him here brought him over to another man to discuss a transaction. Buck was still muzzled and locked up so that he couldn’t do anything. The man in the (red coat) ended the transaction with the men that had brought Buck and opened the crate Buck was in. Buck immediately jumped out and attacked the man with the (red sweater).


And Buck was truly a red-eyed devil, as he drew himself together for the spring, hair bristling, mouth foaming, a mad glitter in his blood-shot eyes. Straight at the man he launched his one hundred and forty pounds of fury, surcharged with the pent passion of two days and nights. In mid air, just as his jaws were about to close on the man, he received a shock that checked his body and brought his teeth together with an agonizing clip. He whirled over, fetching the ground on his back and side. He had never been struck by a club in his life, and did not understand. With a snarl that was part bark and more scream he was again on his feet and launched into the air. 

(London, Chapter one).


Buck truly shows the red-eyed devil inside of him in this passage. The primordial beast is such an important theme inside this book because of how consistently it is showed. Throughout Bucks entire devolution from pet to wild dog he showed pure primal instinct in the fact that he did what was necessary to survive and succeed. Thousands of miles pulling a heavy sled is an impossible task for a dog still accustom to his human ways, Buck was able to do this by reaching deep inside himself and pulling something out so primal that even his mushers were amazed by his natural talent and instincts. It is truly amazing to read and understand the process Buck went through to unleash the primordial beast inside him which many dogs and men have feared. Although Buck became so primal that he forgot his humanity, though he was still able to love a master that treated him well. To survive Buck needed his primal instincts, but the decisions buck made to keep himself alive were not always primal. 

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The Power of family


All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina



    Your family is one of the most important things in your life and you shouldn’t take your family for granted. My family is very important to me and they are always there for me when I need them most. When I broke my arm during a baseball practice I was so sad that I had to miss the rest of the season. The next spring it was the season I had been looking foreword to for a long time. Early that season I broke my foot in a scrimmage. It was our first scrimmage of the year for varsity soccer and I was so excited. Just before halftime I went over on my ankle and felt a searing pain in my foot. I limped off the field and didn’t play the rest of the game. I went to the hospital the next day. 


We were in the doctors office waiting for the X-ray results from the doctor. I was hoping for the best. The doctor comes in and tells us that I broke my foot. He steps out of the room and I get very emotional. First of all I had missed the baseball season before from an injury and second off, I had been waiting to play on this varsity soccer team since I started at Fenn. In that moment my mother comforted me and really showed me the value of family. Later that the rest of my family supported me and helped me get through this hard time. 


My parents and brother told me everything would be alright when this happened sand they were right. I am so happy that my family was there to support me in this time of loss for me. In these moments my family taught me how important people closest to you are and you must treat them well and lift them up not put them down. My family showed me that even though this terrible thing happened I could still make a good fall which I did. 


    Nothing in life is as important as family and you must always be there for them in their darkest hour and they should do the same for you.

Into The Primal

Bucks Devolution




“Once one is devolved there is no going back.”






    Primal instincts are something that we all have but don’t use unless necessary. In the book The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London Buck goes from a lazy house dog to a strong, relentless and resilient wild beast capable of primal things. His process of devolution starts in a large house in California and ends in the Canadian wild thousands of miles away from where his journey started. This book really showed me that if you have to do what it takes to survive, then you must become as primal as possible and use the knowledge of your ancestors to retaliate against things you wouldn’t face in a normal life. I really feel like Jack London the author really tries to show us how terrible humans were to animals during this gold rush and how that shaped the ones who could endure it in a stoic attitude to become truly primal beasts. He also really tries to show us what is under all of our special extras today and what we could truly be if we were forced to survive. 


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Losing Electronics...

A world were electronics don’t exist


By: Michael Alpers and Rylan Chandler


“Harry, there’s only two people left, we can win this!”

“Yeah, let’s destroy these noobs!”

“I think that I see them, North.”

“Yup, let’s go they’re bots.”

“I’m starting to lag a lot!”

“Same this is weird.”

“Oh my God, my game just crashed!”

“Same what the heck happened I had two ping?”

“We were about to win!”

“Yeah what the heck!”

“That’s so annoying.”

“Facts Billy, now the other team won.”

“Let’s start another game, we can get a win.”


“My computer won’t turn on!”

“Yeah same it’s as if I don’t have any power.”

“Yeah, the lights went out! This is weird, Harry!”

“Let’s go upstairs and check everything out.”

“I’ll go to the circuit box and see if I can restart the lights.”

“Ok, sounds good.”

“It’s not working!”

“My parents seem to be having the same problem we are, even the WiFi isn’t working.”

“At least we have cellular...wait, why isn’t it working?!”

“Yeah I can’t even turn my phone on!”

“I suppose we’ll have to use pen and paper for homework. I wonder if other kids are having this problem.”

“We should go and find out, let’s ride our bikes over to Daniel’s house, because he’ll definitely be home.”

“That’s a pretty good plan! If he doesn’t have technology either, I’m going to be so mad!”

“Same, let’s go!”

“He doesn’t have power either! It must be an issue with all of technology.”

“Holy crap, does this mean there is no technology anywhere?”

“I think so.”

“I don’t know how I am going to be able to live.”

“We’re all gonna die!”


“My life seems meaningless now, I don’t know what to do without my phone!”

“Yeah, without Fortnite what are we going to do?”

“This must have been what it was like when my parents were kids!”

“Yeah, I almost feel bad for them.”

“Man, they’re really old!”

“Yeah I know right, I can’t believe there was a time without electronics.”

“How did they even have fun?!”

“Honestly I have no idea?”

“I guess, maybe, we can go outside. I haven’t done that in a while.”

“Sure, maybe that’ll be fun.”

“What do we do outside?”

“I don’t know; we could play soccer, maybe shoot some hoops.”

“I wonder if there’s air conditioning outside.”

“Yeah, without air conditioning summers are going to be the worst, hopefully we still have it.”

“How am I going to communicate with my other friends? I don’t know about this man! This is scary.”

“I know, our parents are gonna say, ‘just write them a letter or something’, but honestly that’s stupid.”

“Really stupid.”

“I guess we are going to have to get used to this until the world finds some way to fix this, I hope they find it soon.”

“It’ll be the start of a new era! This is gonna suck!”