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The Call of the Wild

Buck is a privileged dog that is stolen from his companion. He overcomes many obstacles, and through it all, he hears the call of the wild. He sings back softly at first. But as his triumphs grow, so does Buck’s adventures. He tackles many obstacles, such as starvation, endless fights, beatings with clubs from owners. He hears the nocturnal singing, and sings softly at first. He hears them all along his travels.
Buck finally finds a man that he truly loves and protects with all his being. John Thornton treats Buck kindly, but as he reflects, he has a different relationship with John than that with the Judge. Buck felt just a companion with the Judge, but with John, he feels the bonding connection between a man and his dog. During his time with John, he finds a wild wolf, and goes off camp often to adventure and be free in the wilderness. But his love for John always kept him coming back.
Upon returning from killing a moose, Buck finds that the Indians have killed the dogs and his beloved John, as well as everyone else. This rages a fire in Buck and he kills the Indians.
Upon returning to the wilderness, he is reunited with the wolf and his pack. He also finds and kills more of the Indians.
At the end of the story Buck becomes the leader of the pack of wolves, so he sings the nocturnal song the loudest, because he is finally free.
I believe all along it was his destiny to sing the call of the wild. He overcame many obstacles when other dogs didn’t have it in them. He displayed courage when many would turn tail and run.
Buck was born to sing the call of the wild. It just took him a while to find where he belongs.

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