One of jack London's early works, "The Law of Life" is about a blind and lame man named Old Koskoosh. He is left behind by the rest of the tribe because he cannot keep up, as is the way of the tribe. When lying in the snow he remembers seeing a moose that could not keep up with the herd and was killed by wolves. In the story, Jack London was portraying Herbert Spencer's and Charles Darwin's idea of survival of the fittest" during his stay in the Klondike in 1897 and 1898. Darwin had his greatest influence on London through the writings of Herbert Spencer in On the Origin of Species, [Darwin] wrote the Survival of the Fittest' " (Stasz 5). This idea would stick with London and eventually seep into his writing. However, Jack London, a naturalist himself, modified this idea, believing that all life must dies, whether man or animal, but the creature more suited to the environment would survive longer with its own resources. " his hand crept out in haste to the... [continues]
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