Plot summary[ edit ] The story opens with Buck, a large and powerful St.
This all changes one night, because the assistant gardener, Manuel, sells Buck for one hundred dollars to a man who supplies dogs to gold prospectors in the Klondike. The gold rush is on and the prospectors are determined to make their fortunes by finding gold. After a torturous journey, Buck is handed over to the man in the red sweater.
Buck is defiant and is clubbed into submission by this cruel man, whose job is to break the dogs, so they can be sold. Buck is sold to a man named Perrault, who is a courier for the Canadian government.
The two other dogs are Spitz, Call of the wild summary feels due his size and experience he should be the lead dog, and Dave, a dog whose only desire is to be left alone. Once in the North country Buck learns what snow is and he is also taught how to be part of a dog sled team.
He learns another valuable lesson, which is the lesson of the club and the fang. Buck learns to live like a wolf and to work hard for the little food he is given. Buck and Spitz become enemies, after Curly is killed by another dog. Spitz seems to enjoy watching the other dog tear Curly apart.
Spitz does everything in his power to provoke Buck into a fight, but Buck, instead, instigates disorder amongst the other dogs on the team. One day a rabbit enters the camp and Buck decides he must catch it.
He and the other dogs chase the rabbit, but Spitz takes the opportunity to capture the rabbit, which goads Buck into fighting Spitz.
Buck is put into the lead dog position and he proves he is not only capable, but excels in this position. It also brings attention to the team and Perrault is ordered to turn them over to a half-Scotch man, who is a mail courier. He treats the team well, but the work is grueling and Dave becomes ill from the hard work.
He is no longer able to pull the sled and is put down by the half-Scotch man. The remaining dogs return to Skaguay thinking they are going to be given a long rest, because they have traveled twenty-five hundred miles in five months.
Instead they are sold to Charles and Hal, a couple of novice sled drivers from the United States. They have no idea of how to handle a dog team or how to load a sled properly. This causes delays and arguments between the two men, who are brothers-in-law. The men do not bring enough food to feed the dogs, which now number fourteen.
Hal, who is put in charge of the dogs, uses the whip or club to induce the dogs to obey his commands. They pull into White River one spring day; this is where John Thornton is camping. Hal is whipping Buck, because he refuses to stand and pull the sled. He is refusing, because he has a feeling something horrible will happen if the sled is put back on the ice.
John Thornton watches for a while as Hans whips Buck and then he steps in and stops Hal. Buck and John watch as the sled and the remaining dogs set off across the ice. They soon hear and see them fall through the ice to their deaths, along with Charles, Hal and Mercedes.
Buck is now totally devoted to John not only for rescuing him, but also because he nurses him back to health and treats him in a humane way. John is the only master Buck truly loves.
Buck repays John for his kindness, by attacking a man who tries to harm John, saving John from drowning in a river, and winning a bet, which allows John and his partners to continue their quest to find a lost mine.
John and his partners look for the lost mine for over a year. During this time Buck begins to feel the call of his ancestors, the wolves. He will go into the forest to hunt and he also makes friends with a wolf.
It is after being away from camp for some days, that Buck returns to find everyone, including John, dead. They have been killed by the Yeehats, who are still at the camp.
Buck, overcome with anger and grief, attacks the men and kills many of them. He then becomes part of a wolf pack and lives out his days with them.Call of the Wild, The () *** (out of 4) A house dog is stolen from its owner and sold to a group of men who abuse him and eventually sell him as a sled dog.
The sled owner (Charlton Heston) soon grows attached to the dog and we see their adventures in Alaska, which includes hunting for gold.
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