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Call of the Wild Lesson Plan

Introduction to Call of the Wild

The Call of The Wild is heavily influenced by Jack London’s personal experiences in the Klondike. A trail known as “The White Pass” became the central artery of travel and correspondence in Alaska during this time. With a little bit of money he scraped together from family, London journeyed to the region himself, inspired by passion for adventure ahead and the hopelessness of The Great Depression behind. Without dogs like Buck, which were often stolen or sold, from California to Alaska, his journey would not have been possible, and he came to know dogs like Buck very well. As with London’s other works, Darwin's theory of Evolution, Herbert Spencer's ideas about the "survival of the...

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