The Call of the Wild

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The Call of the Wild by Mind Map: The Call of the Wild

1. Author

1.1. Jack London

1.2. January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916

1.3. American (born in San Francisco)

1.4. Author, journalist

1.4.1. Other novels by Jack London

1.4.1.1. White Fang

1.4.1.2. The Sea-Wolf

1.4.1.3. The Iron Heel

2. Characters

2.1. Dogs

2.1.1. Buck

2.1.2. Spitz

2.1.3. Dave

2.1.4. Sol-leks

2.1.5. Curly

2.2. Masters

2.2.1. Original owner

2.2.1.1. Judge Miller

2.2.1.2. Manuel

2.2.2. First proper masters in the north

2.2.2.1. Francois

2.2.2.2. Perrault

2.2.3. New masters

2.2.3.1. Hal

2.2.3.2. Mercedes

2.2.3.3. Charles

2.2.4. Final master

2.2.4.1. John Thornton

3. Themes, Motives & Symbols

3.1. Themes

3.1.1. The Indispensable Struggle for Mastery

3.1.2. The Power of Ancestral Memory and Primitive Instincts

3.1.3. The Laws of Civilization and of Wilderness

3.1.4. The Membership of the Individual in the Group

3.2. Symbols

3.2.1. Mercedes’ Possessions

3.2.2. Buck’s Traces

3.2.3. Buck’s First Beatings with the Club; Curly’s Death

3.2.4. Buck’s Attack on the Yeehats

3.3. Motives

3.3.1. Violent Struggle

3.3.2. Visions

4. General Info

4.1. Type

4.1.1. Novel

4.1.1.1. Animal Fiction

4.2. Published

4.2.1. 1903

4.3. Setting

4.3.1. Yukon

4.3.2. 1890s

4.3.2.1. Klondike Gold Rush

4.4. Original Language

4.4.1. English

4.5. Influence

4.5.1. Naturalism

4.5.2. American Pastoralism

4.5.2.1. The mythic hero returns to nature

4.6. Summary

4.7. Films

4.7.1. First cinematic adaption

4.7.1.1. 1908

4.7.1.2. The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon

5. Vocabulary

5.1. 1. Into the Primitive

5.1.1. toil

5.1.1.1. work hard

5.1.2. kindred

5.1.2.1. similar in quality or character

5.1.3. treachery

5.1.3.1. an act of deliberate betrayal

5.2. 2. The Law of Club and Fang

5.2.1. loathsome

5.2.1.1. causing or able to cause nausea

5.2.2. primeval

5.2.2.1. having existed from the beginning

5.3. 6. For the Love of a Man

5.3.1. transient

5.3.1.1. lasting a very short time

5.3.2. array

5.3.2.1. impressive display

6. Plot

6.1. Initial situation

6.1.1. Buck leads a calm and contented life in the "sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley."

6.2. Conflict

6.2.1. Buck is stolen by Manuel and sold to the man in the red sweater.

6.3. Complication

6.3.1. Spitz and Buck clash and compete for alpha dog status.

6.4. Climax

6.4.1. Buck’s sled team (minus Buck) crashes through thin ice and drowns.

6.5. Suspense

6.5.1. John Thornton almost dies. Then he actually does die.

6.6. Denouement

6.6.1. Buck leaves the civilized world.

6.7. Conclusion

6.7.1. Buck answers the Call of the Wild.