how does the word atavism relate to buck and the title of the short story
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In the novel, The Call of the Wild, Buck, who is a pampered pet, is kidnapped from his home and sold. In his new role he must call upon instinct in order to survive. In the end, he leaves civilization and rejoins the wild...... thus, heeding its call. Atavism means to return or revert to an ancestral type, which is exactly what Buck does.
The Call of the Wild