A Change of Environment

In Call of the Wild by Jack London, Buck is finding a way to survive among the other viscious dogs in an extremely wretched landscape. The drastic change in personalities that Buck has when he is with his rightful owner compared to when he his with other competitive dogs is very interesting to observe. Currently I am interested in analyzing how one’s environment can affect their behavior and attitudes for the better or worse. In order to highlight this change in behavior, London comments, “In this manner had fought forgotten ancestors. They quickened the old life within him, the old tricks which they had stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks” (London 31). This quote demonstrates that even though Buck was accustomed to his comfortable life on Judge Miller’s ranch, his sudden change in environment triggered an instinctual behavior to survive.

The most interesting part of the story is the way London decides to end it. When Buck avenges the death of one of his owners, he is given a choice to either remain in the wild or go back to his comfortable life with Judge Miller. Shockingly, Buck is consumed by his evolutionary behavior and decides to continue to go through the misery he suffers in the wild instead of returning to his previous heaven-like life with Judge Miller. Buck’s decision showed that even in domesticated dogs there is a desire to connect with their ancestors.


The Instinct to Survive

Currently I am reading the book Call of The Wild by Jack London. So far the main character Buck, a St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd, has been living a comfortable life in his owner’s estate. However, he soon finds himself in an unfamiliar position when he is captured and sold away to an abusive owner. Now he must find a way to survive among the other power hungry hounds whose sole purpose to survive in their harsh environment. I find this instantaneous change in lifestyles that Buck faces very interesting since it’s similar to how people must adapt when faced with the hurdles of life. As a house dog that goes from rags to riches, I predict that Buck will initially struggle with the wild nature of the other dogs but will eventually learn to survive and even thrive in their presence.

Overall, I have enjoyed reading this book but I’ve found some parts of this book to be very gruesome. For example, in the chapter “The Law of Club and Fang” Buck is constantly beaten with a club until he realizes that he must learn to respect his new owner. Although I enjoy the fact that the author tries to keep Buck’s encounter as real as possible, he sometimes goes over the top and gives the reader a very gory mental image. However, the author’s vivid imagery helps to clearly portray the demoralizing tone in the story. Hopefully by the end of this story the tone will change to more optimistic and Buck will find his place at the top of nature’s hierarchy.