Jack London is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories to plays just but to mention a few. He is fondly remembered for his great novel, ‘Martin Eden’ published in 1909. In the novel he tries to express the challenges faced by young writers who try to exploit their talent and passion in an area where little opportunities present themselves. This novel has stood the test of time with its relevance evident to date. It is a favorite to many young upcoming writers thus the main aim for writing this paper is to focus on the autobiography of Jack London as ‘Martin Eden’.
Jack London’s Life
Jack London was born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to Flora Wellman a great spiritualist and music teacher. It is believed by biographers that Jack’s father was an astrologer by the name William Chaney. The author in his great time novel ‘Martin Eden’ is reflected as a rough innumerate sailor who had a great urge to be educated in a bid to have himself fit well into the society of the literary elite. Through intensive self studying, he struggles to rise higher than his devoid conditions of being born among the working class, he does this in an attempt to book himself a coveted place among the affluent. According to the context, the protagonist does this mainly because of his relationship with one girl named Ruth Morse. The author shows it out clearly that ‘Martin Eden’ is in an intimate relationship with the girl, however the two, though in love, come from very wide social backgrounds. While the former comes from a bourgeois background, the latter hails from a working class background. It is therefore paramount that for the two to push on together, the social backgrounds must at all costs be leveled; this was the main driving force inside the protagonist, it made him passionately pursue self education so as to enable a union between him and Morse who was from the elite in the community. The author’s life is therefore fully reflected contextually in that through his protagonist in his novel, he successfully manages to explain his life experiences to the world. In the character of Martin Eden, Jack London shows how rocky, steep and rough the road to the prime of his career was in a time where success through individual hard work was not something to count on. Because of this societal mythology of lack of success through individual hard work Jack went to an extent of even loosing his fiancée who lost faith in his efforts and resolved to break up with him, little did she know that his future was to shine bright some day. This is the reflection of London’s life from his main character in his novel ‘Martin Eden’.
Elements of Autobiography in ‘Martin Eden’ by Jack London.
Autobiography is one’s life story written down by the same individual, in this context, there is a...