Theme of Tales of the Klondike

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The theme of Tales of the Klondike by Laura B. Berton is persevering through hopeless situations. As it takes place in the Yukon region the wilderness is cold and rugged. Most people leave for the winter and come back in the summer because it is too much of a challenge to survive. When Jim Christie goes looking for the bear who stole his meat he gets viciously attacked but manages to kill the bear. Bleeding and broken Jim Christie does not give up but stays calm even when he has to trek through the Yukon wilderness. "He staggered to his feet, struggled out of his jacket, wrapped it around his torn skull, then twisted the sleeves to support his broken jaws, " (19). When he gets found he is in such bad shape that the Indians have to be bribed to take him on the four day journey to the nearest trading post, but still he doesn’t give up "Christie in constant pain and his morale was not bolstered by the Indians, who had a habit of leaning over him and whispering, “Are you dead yet, Jim" (20). He shows amazing determination when faced with an impossible situation. Canada is reflected through the author’s description of the Canadian landscape in which the protagonist has to fight for his life. When he goes searching for the bear the landscape poses little threat, as he is in perfect health. The following bear attack and walk back to the cabin pushes him to his limits. “He now had to struggle up the rocky bluff, slipping and falling in his own blood and undergoing what he later described as ‘a struggle I would not endure again for nine lives.’”(19) This shows that the Canadian landscape can change in an instant from beautiful to terrifying based on your circumstances.
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