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The Call of the Wild by Jack London is a story about Buck a four- year old dog that is part Shepherd and part St Bernard More importantly it is a naturalistic tale about the survival of the fittest in nature As the judges loyal companion working with his sons and guarding his grandchildren Buck ruled over all things - humans included Combining his mothers intelligence with the size and strength of his father Buck became the undisputed leader of all the dogs on the estate Throughout the novel Buck proves that he is fit and can endure the and the law of the club the law of the fang and the laws of nature At this time gold had been found in Alaska and thousands of men were going there This Gold Rush in the Yukon and Alaska prompted the need for big strong dogs who will be able to pull sleds over icy trails Buck is exactly what the explorers want So far in his life he enjoyed his civilized life with the occasional nature stroll or hunting trip Manuel a gardeners helper with a gambling problem and a need for money manages to kidnap Buck and sell him on the black market He is given to a saloon-keeper and transported on train to the Northland Throughout the trip Buck is kept in a cage and becomes very angry He manages to bite the saloon-keeper By the time he arrives at his destination he has worked himself into a rage The meeting with the Red Sweater and the painful encounters with his club push Buck into submission He is not broken but he knows better than to keep resisting which can only result in more beatings Once he is behaving correctly Buck along with Dave and Curly two other dogs is sold to Francois and Perrault two agents of the Canadian government They must travel to Dawson Alaska and then back
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