Call of the Wild

Chapter 2 In The Call of The Wild Writing Activity

Most critics agree that London's comments about dogs can be generalized to human behavior. In a brief paragraph, write the conclusions you think the author would like you to draw about people living in situations of extreme brutality and deprivation?

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London anthropomorphizes his animals to an extent. He certainly doesn't go to the extent seen in Disney but he gives people a reference point to understand these dogs. I'm really not sure that London meant the dogs to be a metaphor for people. London was concerned with the power and dignity of nature; the dogs were a part of this. Still, one can draw his or her own conclusions as to how people endure under the indignities of oppression, our history is filled with it.