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The American theme of individuality shows itself in various ways and through many aspects Jack London one of the most widely read American writers of the early 20th century seeped individualism into all he came in contact with His life beliefs and writings played a major role in him becoming a monument to individuality To fully understand the levels of individuality London displayed it is necessary to look at his background and previous actions that lead up to showings of individualism - such as the writing of his unique books - from different angles After all what seems individualistic to one person may appear as a mild action in human life to another FROM JOB TO JOB Throughout his childhood and early teenage years London had amazing life experiences that not many other Americans knew at the time Jack London had to take on odd jobs as a child in order to support his family who were on the move constantly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area He delivered newspapers helped the iceman make the rounds cut lawns trimmed hedges and set up pins in a bowling alley before the age of ten After more than a year of grinding labor London quit his job which at the time was in a cannery and became a part of Oaklands waterfront community by purchasing a sloop What made Jack decide to stand up and quit his job to work in the unsure seas none-the-less can only be described as that American spirit of rebellion which makes the dreamers of our society so individualistic- they arent afraid to try new things Here he was at age 15 an illegal oyster pirate Though he was young he was accepted into this rough community The waterfront community dubbed him the Prince of the Oyster Pirates for his reckless bravery on the water and his ability to hold his liquor on land Baird Shuman 871 Although London would become a
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