Buck Learns How to Survive

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Buck Learns How To Survive
In The Call Of The Wild, Jack London, the author, focuses on the extreme changes that need to be made to survive in the wild. Buck, a St. Bernard and Scotch half-breed dog, is used to show the changes made and is removed from his home and placed in the wild. After living in the wild for quite awhile, Buck learns how to survive by watching other dogs, learning from his own experiences, and by being forced to learn. Even though Buck connects with his instincts, his ability to survive in the wild is learned.

Buck learns many survival skills by watching other dogs. One experience that proves Buck learns by watching other dogs, is when Buck watches Pike steal bacon when Perrault is not looking. “He watched and learned. When he saw Pike… slyly steal a slice of bacon when Perrault’s back was turned, he duplicated the performance the following day, getting away with the whole chunk… Dub… who was always getting caught was punished for Buck’s misdeed” (pg.20-21). Buck watches Pike steal bacon and quickly learns, copying the same procedure the next day. While Buck gets to keep and eat the extra food, Dub must pay the consequences. Another way Buck learns by watching other dogs is by watching the other dogs dig holes to sleep in at night. While looking for them, Buck accidentally steps into Billee’s hole and learns that he too should dig a hole for himself. “Another lesson… Buck confidently selected a spot, and with much fuss and waste effort proceeded to dig a hole for himself” (pg. 17). Though it was hard at first, Buck learns quickly and succeeds. Without watching the other dogs, Buck would not have learned these lessons, which are important to survive in the wild.

Another way Buck learns his ability to survive in the wild is by learning from his own experiences. One experience is when Buck first starts to pull the sled. “Buck had been purposely placed between Dave and Sol-leks so that he might receive instruction… they were equally apt...
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