Jack London’s The Call Of The Wild

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London is one of the most widely read American novels of its time. Buck, a dog in The Call of the Wild, goes through many struggles as he travels through the Yukon searching for gold. Jack London used his background experience to shape the characters and setting while writing The Call of the Wild.
Jack London used his own background to write The Call of the Wild. “At the age of ten, Jack was put to work delivering newspapers and setting up pins in a bowling alley, and at fourteen he joined the assemble line of a cannery in West Oakland, handing his wages over to his parents” (Crain). In relation to the book, Buck works long hard hours carrying the sled for Charles and Hal on his way to the Yukon, and he gets no reward except a small meal with no nutrition. Also, while London was in the Yukon he saw many prize dogs. “London must have seen some of the best husky teams in the area, probably witnessing more than one prize dog put through the test of breaking a heavily-laden sled out of the ice, whether or not as a result of a bet on the part of his master” (“Tale”). This relates to the part of the novel when Thorton makes a bet that Buck can pull the sled, which is loaded with 1,000 pounds of flour, for 100 yards. In this Buck is required to break the sled out of the ice. London uses many things from his background while writing The Call of the Wild.
London used his background to shape the setting of The Call of the Wild. “Like his mother, ambitious to get rich quick, London joined the Klondike gold rush and spent the winter of 1897 in the Yukon, where he found little gold but a rich vein of narrative material that he would mine lucratively in his meteoric rise to literary fame” (Beauchamp). This relates to the setting of the majority of the story, Buck goes to the Yukon searching for gold. Another way London uses his background to shape the setting is in the bar fight. “London spent a great deal of time in Dawson’s saloons, often in conversation with some veteran sourdough of noted Dawson character” (“Tale”). In the novel, John Thorton gets into a fight with Black Burton, which takes place at a bar in Dawson. Last, London was frequently relocated as a...

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