Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild - Chapter 1 ONLY

1. London writes, "... he was metamorphosed into a raging fiend. So changed was he that the Judge himself would not have recognized him: and the express messengers breathed with relief when they bundled him off the train at Seattle" (London 7).

A. What does the author mean when he describes buck as metamorphosed?

B. Why is this word choice significant?

2. What words and phrases do the author use to show the violence of the scene in which buck meets the man "with a red sweater"? Cite correctly ex = (London 2)

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3. How do we learn that this man is different than the other "tormentors" Buck encounters?

4. What do we learn of Perrault and Francois? Describe them and what Buck thinks of them, using examples (quotes) from the text to support your answer.

A. Quote #1 & Commentary (this shows that...)

B. Quotes #2 & Commentary (this shows that...)

C. How are they different from the other men that Buck has encountered

5. How do the settings and events of the first chapter foreshadow the plot?

A. What conflicts or challenges so you envision (predict) Buck encountering as the novel progresses?

Conflicts: Challenges:

6. Go back and look at the title of the chapter: "Into the Primitive." Explain why you think the author titled the chapter this way. Use 2 examples (quote and commentary (this shows that...) to support your ideas).

A. Quote #1 & Commentary (this shows that...)

B. Quotes #2 & commentary (this shows that...)

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A metamorphosis infers that Buck has undergone a drastic change. He is no longer the pampered and beloved pet he once was, but rather a raging animal who has been caged and beaten into submission. This word choice is significant, as it illustrates Buck's complete transformation.

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