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Call of the Wild Essay

The Call of the Wild

The wild, will teach the greatest lessons


“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 


~ Henry David Thoreau, 


Laziness is my middle name. I don’t want to get up in the morning, I don’t want to do work. But I had to do work and I knew that. I had to write a entire reflection in a single night, which was probably the hardest paragraph of all. I knew I had to at least attempt to do this tonight. I had to at least put in some effort. I knew if I put in effort, Ill get something back.

You have to adapt to your challenges. Once Buck was on the locomotive to the Yukon, his life took a dangerous turn; however, he persevered from his challenges and adapted for the better. Buck’s life changed dangerously multiple times, and every time Buck met the challenge and adapted. Buck could’ve declined the challenge, and took the low road, but he adapted to the rough and hard life of a sled dog in the cold, hard Yukon landscape. His life changed, and he had to adapt to the different circumstances. In chapter 2, Once Buck had been dragged off the cold metal of the locomotive, he was brought to a weary old cabin where there Buck would be taught his first lesson about the wild. The man in the red sweater met Buck by the front door. He had his club Buck looked in the man’s eyes and saw anger. The man swung tens ams tens of hits, before Buck could take a breath he was getting hit, again and again. This was just a small hurdle of adapting to the life of a sled dog. 


He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it. That club was a revelation. It was his introduction to the reign of primitive law, and he met the introduction halfway. [The Call of the Wild, Chapter I]. 


Buck knew that he would face great challenges, and he met them all. He was kidnapped, transported, and starved, but he still met the challenge. He was beaten many times, but he still met the challenge. He adapted to these challenges, and overcame them. The challenges he faced challenges I could never imagined I would’ve faced, and somehow, some way, he overcame them. Buck taught me the art of adaption, as he was probably the best at it. Throughout the rest of the novel, Buck had to face even harder challenges. He was beaten, starved, and mistreated, but he adapted to that. He didn't give up, he persisted, and he adapted to these challenges. 


Sometimes in life, a situation get so intense you can’t hold back the inner devil within and you have to let loose. In the book The Call of The Wild, Buck had to deal with a lot of outrage and he had to deal with that displeasure. Buck had to go through the toughest times anyone can ever imagine: getting kidnapped, being starved, and losing his final master. He had to face lots of frustration, sadness, and displeasure throughout the book. As Buck trenched through the the lone cold path back to the camp, after a long battle with a tall sting moose. he cold bear a faint melody in the distance, the direction of the camp. A thought of fear and rage rattled down Bucks spine. And in a few seconds of consideration, he was off. 


“The Yeehats were dancing about the wreckage of the spruce-bough lodge when they heard a fearful roaring and saw rushing upon them an animal the like of which they had never seen before. It was Buck, a live hurricane of fury, hurling himself upon them in a frenzy to destroy. He sprang at the foremost man (it was the chief of the Yeehats), ripping the throat wide open till the rent jugular spouted a fountain of blood.” [Chapter VII, The Call of the Wild]


Buck had to deals with a lot of trouble throughout the novel. Even at teh beginning of the book, he was frustrated, and angry. He never could let out his inner primordial beast, and let out his rage and anger. Buck was was punished, tortured, starved, and mistreated, and he was frustrated because of that. He was frustrated because he wasn’t the leader, so he tried to fight Spitz and succeeded. His master was killed, so he let out his rage and anger by killing the leader. The night after Buck raged on the Yeehawts, they found him, the place Buck knew he belonged, a wolfpack. 


Nothing positive comes without effort. If you decide not to give it your all, its not acceptable, and you will never achieve success. Success only comes with effort, and if you don’t give any effort, you’ll never have success in what your doing. If you won’t work for your success, you’ll never achieve success. Ive never had to put more effort into my writing, than writing my second paragraph for my The Call of the Wild essay. The overall challenge of writing was already hard enough for me, but even though it look hard and scary, I gave it my all. I began writing and talking it over with my teammates for the essay, and not only was the writing hard, but we had disagreements on what to write. Not only was it hard, but it was confusing. But even those things, couldn’t stop me. Even the difficult vocabulary and the confusing book couldn’t stop me. Even the overall difficulty of the paragraph couldn’t stop me from giving it my all. Even my partners couldn’t stop me. The only thing that could stop me from giving effort is myself. I used to procrastinate, now I work and think...


The Call of the Wild gives me a glimpse of the cold, hard work of a sled dog in the Yukon; the novel gives me a lesson, of hard work, challenges, adaption and perseverance. The book explores a bunch of overarching themes, that are woven into the whole book, it teaches us how to persevere, and overcome the hardest challenges. It describes and shows the art, of a true sled dog, and how it perseveres, and overcomes. If I’ve learned anything from this book, its that effort, perseverance, and hard work will always bring something good, but you have to do it first


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