Comparing Jack London 's Call Of The Wild And Leo Tolstoy 's `` Master And Man ``

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For my Comparative Literature assignment, I will be comparing Jack London’s Call of the Wild and Leo Tolstoy’s “Master and Man”. One of the central themes of Call of the Wild is nature vs. nurture, which is demonstrated through the main character Buck and his regression into an almost feral state. A central theme for “Master and Man” is human foibles, shown through Vasili’s overall character flaws and treatment of Nikita. While each story has their own central theme, they also share a common theme in the humbling power of the natural world. This is displayed in Call of the Wild through Buck’s interactions with his new surroundings and environment, and in “Master and Man” through Vasili and Nikita’s experience in the snow storm. Nature vs. nurture is a central theme in Call of the Wild. Throughout the story, the character of Buck is forced to adapt to his surroundings. The adaptations that Buck goes through change him from docile and pampered house dog to a hardened and savvy pack dog. By the end of the story, Buck becomes a near feral beast, resembling a wolf instead of the husky that he is. Buck learns to survive by watching and learning from the other dogs in his pack. He learns how to eat faster to prevent theft of his food and he learns to bury himself in the snow to stay warm at night. These are skills that Buck didn’t have when he lived in a house in California. Auerbach argues that Buck becomes wild by learning: “The central paradox informing the…

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