The Call of The Wild essay
Born In The Wild
The Call of The Wild analysis on suffering and devolution
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find the meaning in the suffering.”
He was driven crazy by both his rage and his thirst for blood. Buck launched himself towards the Yeehats, ripping open their throats until fountains and fountains of blood were pouring out of their necks. He had killed, not just anything, but men. Covered in hot blood, he broke out a agonizing long howl. Buck suffered a tremendous amount of physical pain throughout his journey, but this was never the same, it was emotional. Buck was no longer the domestic pet he was before, but a man slaughtering beast. There was no place for him in this civilized world, he belonged to the wild. In the novella, The Call of The Wild, by Jack London, Buck went from a innocent domicile pet to a killing machine. He suffered extreme pain during the transition, but without the all the suffering, the call of the wild would’ve never been answered.
In the late 19th century, Buck lived happily at the Santa Clara valley and he had everything he would ever want in his life. The change of his life happened right after the first pain he suffered; he was choked by the rope of the kidnapper. He then suffered from lack of water and food and got beaten badly by a man in red sweater. All these were physical pain that Buck had to endure, he couldn’t whine to anyone. “Dazed, suffering intolerable pain from throat and tongue, with the life half throttled out of him, Buck attempted to face his tormentors.”(London, 4) The wild was nothing like his home, and there was no other choices than to just endure the pain. When Buck got to Alaska, the suffering was like none other. Not one moment was buck not shivering and frozen in the cold Alaska mountains. Buck thought he had seen all of the pain and suffering Alaska had to offer, but he was wrong. The suffering had only begun once he was sold to Charles.
“when he could no longer pull, he fell down and remained down till blows from whip or club drove him to his feet again. All the stiffness and gloss had gone out of his beautiful furry coat. The hair hung down, limp and draggled, or matted with dried blood where Hal's club had bruised him. His muscles had wasted away to knotty strings, and the flesh pads had disappeared, so that each rib and every bone in his frame were outlined cleanly through the loose hide that was wrinkled in folds of emptiness”(London, 106)
All the dogs were treated badly, often overworked. Those poor souls were beaten and overworked until their very death. Buck had been through a lot, but he was never treated like this; he had never experienced such agonizing physical pain. Buck saw his friends dying one by one because of the harsh conditions that were provided, however he knew deeply that the torture were not without a purpose. They helped buck to become who he truly was, an animal of the wild. Not only did Buck experience physical pain he also suffered mentally, when he was drawn from his home he was nostalgic, when the only person whom truly loved him died, the pain was not to be forgotten. The emotional pain were never easy to overcome, “he knew, and he knew John Thornton was dead. It left a great void in him, somewhat akin to hunger, but a void which ached and ached, and which food could not fill,” (London, 165) Buck never had a choice, he was only to face all the pain bravely. If not, then death shall descend upon him.
Buck was never a primordial beast from the start; he was a well mannered pet. Throughout his journey he endured devastating pain both mentally and physically and he overcame challenges, and every time Buck gets a little tougher, the primordial side gets him a little more. Buck always kept his pride no meter where he was and what kind of suffering he experienced. “He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken” (London, 20). In fact Buck was never broken, no pain or obstacle was to great, and Buck was to learn from his experience and endure pain to become the primordial beast. It was his pride that helped him over come his opponents and difficulties, he wanted to fight because of his sense of pride. He would not have anyone have any kind of defiance because he would fight for it, even when his opponents bigger and stronger. Bucks inner turning into a dog eating monster was also caused by the lack of love and care; he had no other choice other than to become tough and strong, “Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law.”( London, 121) John Thornton on the other hand, truly tamed Buck. He showed him love and empathy and Buck’s primordial side was restricted. There was no such place for hate and anger when there was a man that truly loved him. “Buck would follow at his heels. His transient masters since he had come into the Northland had bred in him a fear that no master could be permanent”(London, 119). He was afraid to lose a master once again, but this time one who actually loved him. The good days didn’t last very long, Thornton was killed by Indians. Buck lost his loving family once again; he could only rage, rage and become the beast he once was.
Buck could choose not to do anything in this book, and none of it would’ve happened. The only reason and why he did all this was because of his sense of pride. Everyone have that sense of pride within them, and they would all fight for their pride just like buck in one way or another. In the process, we will face challenges and we should face them bravely just like Buck. This is definitely one of the most touching books I’ve ever read. The author makes every scene vivid and lively with powerful descriptions, and I would highly recommend other people to red it . The vocabularies in this book are very interesting, a bit hard to understand sometimes, however I faced these challenges bravely like Buck and it’s an very good book overall. The scenes are however a bit too descriptive, using a lot of big words that’s very hard to understand. The book also encourages violence, which might not be very family friendly. The book was very challenging to read, but as I read it, it taught me how to face the challenges bravely just like Buck.
Buck suffered lots, but with pain it comes strength, and with strength, no challenge’s impossible to face. Then, shall we realize, the Call had already been answered