The Call of the Wild


Cast of Characters

Buck – Buck was a pet who was stolen from Judge Miller. Buck is a massive dog, a mix of St. Bernard and shepherd. He lived on an estate in California owned by a kindly man, Judge Miller, where he was a coddled pet. Stolen by Manuel, one of Judge Miller’s employees, because Manuel wished to sell him for a profit, Buck quickly saw his life of leisure disappear. Buck’s first masters are cruel, and he is forced to adapt to harsh living conditions quickly or perish. Eventually Buck finds a kind master, John Thornton, but he is still inclined to retreat from human civilization.

John Thornton – John Thornton is Buck’s final master. Thornton intervenes on Buck’s behalf when Hal is trying to kill him. As a result, Buck becomes very loyal to Thornton. The two of them exhibit the loyalty that most dog lovers would say characterize a good canine-human relationship. Ultimately, it is this good relationship with Thornton that prevents Buck from going into the wild, which speaks to the roots of the canine-human relationship and why wolves decided to move toward civilization in companionship with humans.

Spitz – Spitz is the primary canine antagonist in the novel. He is the leader of Francois’s dog team when Francois buys Buck. Spitz is a very dominant animal, accustomed to using his physical size and fighting ability to dominate the other dogs. However, Spitz is the example of brute force; Buck, who is his physical match, is easily able to outsmart him. Spitz is also a good example of the drive for survival; he displays no ethical values and is concerned solely with his own survival.

Francois – Francois is Buck’s first introduction to life as a sled dog. Francois is a mail driver who uses dogs to help deliver the mail. Francois is a responsible dog owner and is skilled at turning dogs into sled dogs. Though he never inspires the type of loyalty that John Thornton elicits in Buck, he treats Buck fairly.

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