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"White Fang" By Jack London Essay

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TwoOutlineI.A. ThesisB. IntroductionII. The Call of the WildA. Characters1. Buck2. John Throton3. A scotch half-breedB. PlotIII.White FangA. Characters1. White Fang2. Mit-sah and Grey Beaver3. Weedon ScottB. PlotIV. SimilaritiesA. Opposite PlotsB. Man vs. HumanV. Conclusionof Jack London's most famous stories were The Call ofthe Wild and White Fang. Though they are completely unrelatedstories they have many similarities that I found unique. Alongwith many similarities in the plot there were many similaritiesin the characters, human and animal, which make these two storiesthe topic of this paper. 'Jack London was both an outdoors-manand a writer and that combination was what made his novels sorealistic.'(Walcutt 124). Jack London born on January 12, 1876finished his second novel, The Call of the Wild, in 1904 that washis most famous novel. Two years later he finished another of hismost famous novels White Fang. His inspiration for these novelscame from the time he spent up in the Klondike that became thebasis for these two novels. Till the day of his death, from along battle with throat cancer, these were the two most famousnovels he had written.The Call of the Wild was Jack London's most famousnovel,'This is the novel that separated London from all writersof that era.'(Brooks 35) Written in 1904 it was a story about adog who was brought into Klondike to pull sleds during the goldrush. The name Call of the Wild comes from the natural instinctthat animals have to be free in nature. The main characters inthis story are Buck the four- year-old half Saint Bernard andhalf-Scottish shepherd, John Thorton and the Scottish half-breed. Buck was stolen from his home in California during thegold-rush in the Klondike. Dogs were a necessity and consideringthe size of Buck he had the makings of a great sled-dog. Buck,being thrown into a totally different environment, encounterssuch problems such as, how to stay warm by burrowing into thesnow to sleep, how to survive the lack of daily meals, and how torely on his native and natural instincts. Buck soon becomes oneof the most dominant dogs on the sled team. After living like awild, independent animal for weeks upon weeks he soon learns tofend for himself. He becomes more familiar with killing animalsfor food and the primordial beast inside him begins to take over.He is no longer a domesticated animal but a wild dog. He soonbecomes the leader of his pack of sled-dogs by beating the formerleader, Spitz in a fight. Buck became such a popular sled-dog inthe Klondike that he was admired by all. That is when TheScottish half-breed bought him and used Buck for many enduranceand strength contests. This over work almost killed the dog. Buckwas saved from this inhumane treatment by a man named JohnThorton whom he grew to love. Through complete devotion buckrisked his life for John but did not succeed because John waskilled. After this with having no more attachments Buck went tolive with a pack of wolves. Buck was no...

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