Reason and emotion distinguish animals from humans. What problems might these differences create for an author writing about animals rather than man.
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London had the ability to anthropomorphize his animals without making them look silly or cartoonish. He gives them just enough human traits for the reader to understand without making them human. We still see them as animals yet have insight into them as well. Consider these quotes from the text.
During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical. ch 1
It was all very silly, he knew; but therefore the more outrage to his dignity, and his anger waxed and waxed.