Struggle for Dominance and Mastery in Jack London's The Call of the Wild

756 Words 4 Pages
Struggle for Dominance and Mastery in Jack London's The Call of the Wild

Isn't it funny how life itself is not just a fight for survival, but more a fight for mastery? Some people are satisfied with just survival, but some strive to be the best they can be during their life. In the novel, The Call of the Wild (1903), by Jack London, the author demonstrates life's struggles for dominance while following the life of a magnificent dog named Buck. Buck was living a peaceful, laxadazical life on a California estate when he is stolen and taken to the Klondike region of Canada, due entirely to the discovery of gold. In a matter of days, Buck's life makes a 180 degree turn when he finds himself in the harsh weather of Canada pulling a sled
…show more content…
One such incident is found early on in the story after Buck is stolen, and he gets into a fight with the man who stole him. The man put a rope around his neck and was leading him away from the house. When the rope suddenly tightened, Buck knew he had to fight to show his dominance and show who was the boss. On page 21, the author states, " In quick rage he sprang at the man, who met him halfway, grappled him close by the throat, and with a deft twist threw him over on his back." Buck obviously lost this battle, but after he was hauled off on a train to his new home, he would try again. Later, he found himself in a long battle with his new owner. After being clubbed over and over, Buck realized that he was not in control. The only control that he was capable of having was leading the dog pack.

Another time in the novel that the main theme is revealed is in chapter three. On page 74, the tension between Spitz and Buck was building, everyone knew that a fight would occur. London shows this tension by saying, "It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come." This shows that the two dogs were both wanting to be leaders and sooner or later, a leader would prevail. Later in the chapter, the huge battle occurred. Soon, Buck becomes the new leader of the sled dog pack. This is shown when the author says, "Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the

Related Documents