When It’s Calling...
“Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time.” ― Jack London, The Call Of The Wild
True freedom is not something that many get to experience.
In The Call of the Wild by Jack London, we see Buck as he is first given that feeling.
The author uses Buck as a metaphor for how we, as humans, are still drawn to be without responsibility, stress, or second thoughts. The author is trying to convey how that longing still exists as the world becomes more and more advanced.
Buck starts out as a house dog for a wealthy family, he has no worries and everything is taken care of. His world is more or less perfect. That is until he is sold and shipped away to Alaska as part of the gold rush. He quickly realizes that the law of the baton is much more powerful than the law of reason. He adapts to the awful climate quickly, and makes an effort to become the best and strongest. All throughout this time he has a reoccurring dream of men dancing around a fire, he has a sense of longing. “He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time.” Eventually he faces his enemy, Spitz, and defeats him in combat. He gains a lot of respect from the other dogs and he is not messed with. He is sold to a mailing company, where he gets even stronger. He is eventually sold to John Thornton, who loves and cares for him. While Buck is hunting John Thornton and all the dogs are murdered by Yeehats, he kills every last one of them. He is brought into a wolf pack where is he respected, this is when he has finally answered the call of the wild.
This book was challenging for me to fully understand at first because there are so many underlying themes that I had to pay attention to. Throughout the book multiple themes popped out to me: relationship between man and animal, the law of the wild, and the call of the wild. Some of those themes really resonated with me, I have two dogs, and if anyone has dogs you would understand how sometimes they act humanlike, it feels like they understand and care. The relationship between man and animal has been strong since when we were first on the earth. That brings me to another theme, which is the call of the wild. It’s natural for me to wish to return to simpler times and to be in the wilderness. I could never answer the call of the wild, I have too many hopes and dreams that would be interrupted, I want to stay with the advanced world. Though I still imagine myself giving up on the real world and engulfing myself deep in nature, one of the animals.
The book wasn’t about a dog, it was about how the dog portrayed our own wishes. To be one with nature and animals. This book isn’t a classic because it’s a story, it’s a classic because of how the story could so easily show the themes and get a point across. Jack London is a genius of metaphors. He only leaves one question, will you answer your call?