The Call of the Wild is an adventurous story of a domestic dog called Buck who met with some unprecedented incidents in his life. Just like humans, the animals do have survival instincts deeply rooted in them. The story will take you through the wild survival instinct thoughts of Buck. The Call of the Wild is a classic fiction novel published by American Novelist Jack London in 1903.
In the absence of Judge Miller who lives in Santa Clara Valley, California, his servant secretly sold Miller’s pet dog called Buck to some strange peoples. The dog was again handed over and later shipped to Canada to use as a sledge dog. That time dogs with strong muscles and with warm long hair were in high demand due to the discovery of the yellow metal in Klondike region which is in the north-western part of Canada.
Buck has roughly trained and forced to work as a sledge dog with a group of other dogs who were also similarly ported from other places. The hard circumstances slowly brought back his ancestral wildness in him.
The story is so captivating with the survival instinct thoughts of Buck which is some times pathetic some times wild. Find below 10 survival instincts thoughts and quotes taken from the novel, The Call of the Wild.
Survival Instinct Thoughts
The facts of life took on a fiercer aspect; and while he faced that aspect uncowed, he faced it with all the latent cunning of his nature aroused.
Lack of food and the Survival instinct thoughts aroused in Buck.
This first theft marked Buck as fit to survive in the hostile Northland environment. It marked his adaptability, his capacity to adjust himself to changing conditions, the lack of which would have meant swift and terrible death.
He did not steal for joy of it, but because of the clamor of his stomach. He did not rob openly, but stole secretly and cunningly.
Survival instinct of Buck in the hostile environment.
No matter how breathless the air when he dug his nest by tree or bank, the wind that later blew inevitably found him to leeward, sheltered and snug. And not only did he learn by experience, but instincts long dead became alive again. The domesticated generations fell from him.
He was preeminently cunning, and could bide his time with a patience that was nothing less than primitive.
The wildness that surrounding Buck.
With the aurora borealis flaming coldly overhead, or the stars leaping in the frost dance, and the land numb and frozen under its pall of snow, this song of the huskies might have been the defiance of life, only it was pitched in minor key, with long-drawn wailings and half-sobs, and was more the pleading of life, the articulate travail of existence.
The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life. This murmur arose from all the land, fraught with the joy of living.
We tame animals and use them. But their attraction to the wild is inborn. Does it ever fade?
As they circled about, snarling, ears laid back, keenly watchful for the advantage, the scene came to Buck with a sense of familiarity. He seemed to remember it all,—the white woods, and earth, and moonlight, and the thrill of battle.
It was a monotonous life, operating with machine-like regularity. One day was very like another.
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
About the Author Jack London:
Jack London (1876 – 1916) was an American novelist who is largely popular for his two fiction novels – The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Both the novels were inspired from the Klondike Gold Rush which was a migration by large number of prospectors to the Klondike region in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899 due to the news of the discovery of Gold. Get the book below.