London\'s Stories

Three of Jack London\'s most famous stories were The Call of the Wild , White

Fang and To Build a Fire. Though they are completely unrelated stories they have
many similarities unfolded were also similar. Both animals started their lives
out in a very normal fashion but then they were brought into a different
environment and forced to change. In To Build a Fire the man is the one being
forced to change, without success. The introduction of characters was also
similar the way they were led through life not knowing what there purpose was
until they met their final character and then figured out what they had to do.

Three of Jack London\'s most famous stories were The Call of the Wild , White

Fang and To Build a Fire. Though they are completely unrelated stories they have
many similarities that I found unique. Along with many similarities in the plot
there were many similarities in the characters, human and animal, which make
these three stories the topic of this paper. "Jack London was both an
outdoors-man and a writer and that combination was what made his novels so
realistic."(Labor 124). Jack London born on January 12, 1876 to W. H.

Chaney and Flora Wellman. He finished his second novel and short story, The Call
of the Wild, and To Build a Fire in 1904. Two years later he finished another of
his most famous novels White Fang. His inspiration for these novels and short
story came from the time he spent up in the Klondike that became the basis for
these three works. Till the day of his death, from a long battle with throat
cancer, these were some of the famous works of the time ever written. The Call
of the Wild was Jack London\'s most famous novel, "This is the novel that
separated London from all writers of that era."(Lundquist 35) Written in

1904 it was a story about a dog who was brought into Klondike to pull sleds
during the gold rush. The name Call of the Wild comes from the natural instinct
that animals have to be free in nature. The main characters in this story are

Buck a four- year-old half Saint Bernard and half-Scottish shepherd, John

Thorton. Buck was stolen from his home in California during the gold-rush in the

Klondike. Dogs were a necessity and considering the size of Buck he had the
makings of a great sled-dog. Being thrown into a totally different environment,

Buck encounters such problems as, how to stay warm by burrowing into the snow to
sleep, how to survive the lack of daily meals, and how to rely on his native and
natural instincts. Buck soon becomes one of the most dominant dogs on the sled
team. After living like a wild, independent animal for weeks upon weeks he soon
learns to fend for himself. He becomes more familiar with killing animals for
food and the primordial beast inside him begins to take over. He is no longer a
domesticated animal but a wild dog. He soon becomes the leader of his pack of
sled-dogs by beating the former leader, Spitz in a fight. Buck becomes such a
popular sled-dog in the Klondike that he was admired by all. That is when The

Scottish half-breed bought him and used Buck for many endurance and strength
contests. This over work almost killed the dog. Buck was saved from this
inhumane treatment by a man named John Thorton whom he grew to love. Through
complete devotion Buck risked his life for John but did not succeed because John
was killed. After this with having no more attachments Buck went to live with a
pack of wolves. Buck was no longer a pet but a wild animal. Realism is also a
major part of the novel. It is in no way padded with goodness to leave the
reader with a warm sensation in his heart. At times, the way in which beatings
of the dogs are described makes the reader want to close the book. (Kennedy 345)

White Fang was Jack London\'s next novel once again was inspired by his life in
the Klondike and the relationship between man and beast. This novels\' main
character was White Fang who is three-quarters gray wolf and one-quarter dog
this is who story revolves around. Mit-sah and Gray Beaver the Indians who were
responsible for training White Fang and Weedon Scott who develops a special
relationship with White Fang are also important characters of the novel. The
story is set in the Klondike during the gold