Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Literature Analysis 2 (really, just #2): Call of the Wild

So here it goes, super late, I've got a lot of catching up to do.

1. This is a story of a dog that gets taken from his home and put to work on a sled dog team. He goes through a few owners, becomes stronger and stronger, then an owner he actually liked and respected gets killed by natives, so he kills all the natives and ascends into a more legendary status.

2. Sometimes, the best resources can be found where you wouldn't think to look.

3. I would describe the authors tone as being wise, yet powerful.
"He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his afterlife he never forgot it. That club was a revelation."

"Here was neither peace, nor rest, nor a moment's safety. All was confusion and action, and every moment life and limb were in peril. There was imperative need to be constantly alert, for these dogs and men were not town dogs and men. They were savages, all of them, who knew no law but the law of club and fang." 

"His muscles had wasted away to knotty strings, and the flesh pads had disappeared, so that each rib and every bone in his frame were outlined cleanly through the loose hide that was wrinkled in folds of emptiness. It was heartbreaking, only Buck's heart was unbreakable. The man in the red sweater had proved that." 

4. Whitman Classics unabridged
Personification: "The hoarse shriek of a locomotive"
Symbols: Club in the beginning= power that man has over beast.
-Lead position= honor
-Yeehats= limitations from men.
-valley in the end= paradise
-wilderness= new places
-men in tavern= naysayers in life
John Thornton= Buck's trust in obedience
Judge Miller= comfort and convenience
Spitz= challenge of power

1. The author uses direct characterization to tell the reader that Buck was 140 pounds, and the son of a Scotch Shepherd and a St. Bernard and other trivial information like that, but later, the author uses indirect characterization to show the changes Buck goes through. He also uses indirect to describe Buck's love for John.

2. Most of the time, when discussing characters, the author seems much more excited. The environment is kind of dull to read about in this book.

3.The protagonist is dynamic and round. He changes throughout the story by becoming more savage and brave. He is round in that he is wild and kills people as well as brave and courageous and strong.

4. Read a character. these dogs seem much more intelligent than real dogs. But in the end Buck's pertinacity was rewarded, for the wolf, finding that no harm was intended, finally sniffed noses with him."

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