Call of the Wild essay
Wednesday October 23rd
Devolution and Companionship
“The solution to alone-ness is not more solitude, but companionship and community”
Buck, a young St.Bernard Shepard mix, is beaten and almost killed for stopping at a sled rest stop. He is exhausted and has no will to go forward. Buck is beaten by his master, Hal, and Buck would have had every last organ beaten out of him if it wasn’t for John Thornton. John Thornton is a middle aged man from Canada. He saved Bucks life by tackling Hal as Hal was about to take Bucks life. In the book, The Call of the wild, by Jack London, Companionship is what ended up saving Bucks life. Bucks will to survive and Devaluate is what kept him going and got him to the point of finding his forever long companion, John Thornton. While reading and annotating this piece of literature, I may have struggled with the wording of lots of things, but at the end of the day, this Novela has further extended my knowledge of sled dogs in the late 1800’s.
All dogs aren’t what they may seem. In the book, The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck has to show his true primordial beast when he is faced with adversity. Buck goes through thick and thin, and the thing that keeps him alive is his inner animal, and his will to fight and even kill other dogs. If Buck was not able to find an urge to kill other dogs and fight for survival, he would have died early on after leaving Judge Miller’s home. In Chapter three of The Call of the Wild, Buck and Spitz circle each other, both of them waiting to make a move. The hate and bitterness between the two has built up, and they are ready to fight. As they twist and tumble, a pack of six bony and scrawny huskies attack the camp looking for anything edible. He and Spitz are forced to defend their camp, and kill the huskies:
“Once, his teeth closed on the fore leg of a husky, and he crunched down through the bone. Pike, the malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular. The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness. He flung himself upon another, and at the same time felt teeth sink into his own throat. It was Spitz, treacherously attacking from the side”[Chapter 3]
All dogs have a true primordial beast inside of them, it’s just matter of when they let it out. Buck let his out a lot, but he did it in the right moments. When Buck needed to fight for himself or needed food desperately, he showed everybody what he had on the inside, and that’s a huge reason why he was able to survive for so long. With out it, Buck wouldn’t have made it far, and that’s why he owes his luck of survival to his primordial beast. All animals can release their primordial beast, it’s just a matter of wether they need to or not, and that is what the book, The Call of the Wild, has taught me.
Companionship works when nothing else does. In the book, Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck and John Thornton grow very close overtime and the unlikely companions grow a bond that benefits both of them. The relationship between the two companions only gets better and stronger. Their relationship has ups and downs, near death experiences and overall fun, but the two are able too see through it all and sustain a close man dog relationship. The relationship between Buck and John Thornton grows the moment that Hal whips Buck with a stick and Thornton saves Buck. Buck was weary and almost unconscious. As Thornton scoops Buck of the ground and carry’s him into his warm and inviting home. As the relationship between the to grow, Buck saves John Thornton’s life. After that moment, Buck felt certain that John Thornton was the person for him:
“Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Miller's.With the Judge's sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge's grandsons, a pompous guardianship. With the Judge himself, a stately dignified friendship. But love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.”[ Chapter 6]
Throughout the book, Bucks relationship with John Thornton grew and grew until they were inseparable mates. Without John Thornton by Bucks side, I don’t believe that Buck would have survived much longer. Although Buck is one of the toughest dogs ever, hd might not be able to make it on his own. That is why when John Thornton joined Bucks side, things took a turn for the best for Buck. Everything goes better with someone by your side, and the book The Call of the Wild, proves that.
Buck is faced with adversity and answers with companionship; he is faced with death and answers the call of the wild, and if you can learn from this book, you will have learned good lessons.