Book Report: Call of the Wild Essay

The Call of the Wild Author Jack London Setting Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley where he spends his days and nights including eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. Characters: The Main Dogs * Buck –a proud and powerful dog, half St Bernard and half shepherd dog, who begins life on a comfortable Californian estate as a family pet, yet soon changes when he is stolen and sold to work as a sled dog in the frozen North.

* Spitz- Buck’s archrival and original leader of Francois’ dog team. A fierce, treacherous, husky, Spitz is used to fighting with other dogs and winning. Dave- a hardworking dog who runs behind Buck in the team and ‘teaches’ Buck by nipping him to correct his mistake. Dave is a gritty, determined dog who prefers to keep himself to himself. * Sol-leks- an older, more experienced dog with only one eye, who lives only to pull the sled. * Curly-Buck’s friend, Curly is a friendly but naive Newfoundland, who is killed by Spitz.

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* Billee-a good-natured husky, half-brother to Joe. * Joe-opposite in nature to Billee, Joe is sour and unfriendly, with a perpetual snarl. * Dolly-suddenly goes mad on the trail and attacks the other dogs. Pike-a sly, clever dog, who shows Buck how to steal. * Dub-often made a scapegoat, since, whenever anything goes wrong, Dub gets the blame. The Main People * Judge Miller –Buck’s original master, the owner of a large estate in California’s Santa Clara Valley. * Manuel-a gardener’s helper on Judge Miller’s estate. Manuel steals Buck and sells him in order to pay off his gambling debts. * Mercades and Charles –husband and wife. They are inexperienced in the ways of dog sledding. * Hal- Mercedes’ arrogant brother who badly mistreats dogs. John Thornton- Buck’s final master who is strict in disciplining. * Francois- a French Canadian mail driver who buys Buck and adds him into the team. * Perrault- a French Canadian turns Buck into a sled dog. Summary: Buck lives Santa Clara Valley where he spends his eating and sleeping in the days and nights he have in his simple life. For him this life is so enjoyable because he have friend like Curly. But one he hates is when his friend was killed by the bad dog named Spitz. Buck hides his bad feelings for Spitz but he tried to move on with this problem.

But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of action and danger. Buck fights for his survival to live again in peaceful life and not a danger life. He doesn’t think that he will die in this trouble. When he already escaped on this kidnapper he went again to his place and a tourist came. This person because a dog like Buck opens his heart to tour this person . He loved this person and now he feels that he is not anymore alone in this place. Buck hugs this person and felt so delightful. Theme:

By this story I found out that WHEN A TROUBLE COMES A BETTER LIFE WAITS. I think that this is very exact on this story because a worst thing came on Buck’s enjoyable life and that when he was survive a better life come. Opinion: I like this story because there are some good things that we can follow and some are not. One thing I like is when Buck tried his best to survive. For a kid like me I hope you can learn the good lessons in this story and don’t copy the one that is not good in our life like what Spitz did to Curly. THE CALL OF THE WILD BOOK REPORTS Submitted by: Angel Marie G. Awayan

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