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Survival and Adaptation Tom King and his family are not wealthy In order for them to survive Tom had to box Tom King was very old to be boxing He had to change his way of fighting to even have a remote chance of wining In Tracks by Louise Erdrich Eli and Nanapush had to learn to live with each other to survive Nevertheless Tom King and Eli both did what they had to do too survive They are good examples of strength and determination Tom King was not a rich man but a poor one Jack London writes that Tom had to send his children to bed so that they might forget about dinner This portrays what kind of life Tom and his family live in they live life day by day struggling to eat and pay debts All morning Tom had a craving for a piece of steak But the butcher wouldnt give him one because he didnt have any credit Its ironic how he used to feed his dog pieces of steak but now he cant even give himself one Eventhough Tom was a strong man on the outside the thought of how his family lives must have ripped him apart inside The one thing he wanted a piece of steak proved to be a critical factor in the outcome of his match Tom king is beginning to notice the signs of fighting Jack London illustrates Tom Kings face as a beast with lion like eyes This description portrays Tom as a brutal man who looks like a killer But on the contrary hes just a normal man who suffered the consequences of his profession In the ring Tom King is slow and bulky He does this to conserve his energy This demonstrates character development When Tom was younger he use to be just like Sandel Rushing into everything not using his head But now he has to slow down His
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