The Call of the Wild



Francois and Perrault are nominally partners, but Francois is actually somewhat subservient to Perrault.  He allows Perrault to make the decisions, but this is not a weakness, as Perrault’s decisions are good for them and good for the dogs.  However, Francois is a notable character because of his kindness.  For example, he gives his own shoes to Buck to protect the dog’s tender feet. This kindness has multiple meanings.  First, it is the first real act of kindness that any human shows to Buck after he is kidnapped.  However, it is also a sign of Buck remaining tied to civilization, as his need for shoes is indicative of the soft life he lived on the estate in California.

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Essays About The Call of the Wild