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Jack London: The Law of LIfe

LALAJack London: The Law of Life Culture is the expression of our nature on how we live, interact, believe, where we gain our knowledge, and it also distinguishes people from another in divergent societies. The culture of Native Americans is so history rich and storied cultured that it cannot be easily misinterpreted by anyone that…

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London

In Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire”, the setting is more than just a setting. It functions as many different things. Including, creating meaning by expressing the scenery, and by letting the reader become aware of the animal’s thoughts. Characterizing is another way the author used the setting. Weather was the truer antagonist…

Naturalism in Jack Londons “To Build a Fire”

Even with our ability to tame some sides of nature, there are still certain conditions and forces which are beyond control; we inevitably are left with no will, powerless against nature’s indifferent influence. This struggle against nature is depicted by many authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries, using key concepts of naturalism and…



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What does Jack London mean by “The Love of Life”?

Many people today could easily say that they loved and appreciated life, that living in this world was a privilege that they would do anything to maintain. Through a story called “The Love of Life”, Jack London demonstrates what the true definition of loving life is like. He does not illustrate the “love of life”…

Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” -Analysis

In Jack London’s To Build a Fire the setting of the short story plays a significant role. Jack London uses specific techniques to establish the atmosphere and tone of the story. By introducing his readers to the setting, London prepares them for a tone that is depressed and fear-provoking. Isolated by an environment of frigid…

Intellect vs. Instinct in “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

The ignorance of the main character in To Build a Fire by Jack London is what ultimately causes his failure. He has never experienced cold like that of the Yukon Trail but is confidant, regardless, that he will reach his goal of meeting his friends at the campsite. It is the man’s determination to follow…

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild: A Review

In Jack London’s novel The Call of the Wild, the main character, Buck, has developed from a house dog to a sled dog. Buck, being forced to adapt in order to survive, has made him become the leader of the pack. When Buck was being attacked by the man in the red sweater, “He saw,…

Summary, Plot, Moral Values, Themes the Call of the Wild

Summary: Buck, the lead character, is a much loved and pampered dog living a comfortable life on a ranch under the loving care of his owner, a wealthy judge who makes his pet want for nothing. Then one day, Buck’s life takes a dramatic turn when he’s sold off by an unscrupulous servant to pay…

Jack London and His Call of the Wild

“He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. ” – Jack London, The Call of the Wild, Ch. 3 (Jack London Quotes). This quote summarizes the success of Jack London’s writing career in one simple sentence….

Jack London Questions and Essay on “To Build a Fire”

1. What does “survival of the fittest” mean, and where does the phrase come from? “Survival of the fittest” means that species or race with the best acquired characteristics would survive. And the phrase comes from one of the authors that most influenced London, Herbert Spencer. 2. What is socialism? Why was London attracted to…

Jack London – to his wife

Once Charles Child Walcutt described Jack London as a steamer, which “was supposed to have more power than any man dared use, but it was also known to run out of steam halfway up a long hill; and everybody knows that it was a trial to start and a constant threat to explode”(Charles Child Walcutt….

An Analysis of Jack London’s Revolution

“The time should be past for the mental attitude: “Revolution is atrocious. Sir, there is no revolution. ” Likewise should the time be past for that other familiar attitude: “Socialism is slavery. Sir, it will never be. ” It is no longer a question of dialectics, theories, and dreams. There is no question about it….

Jack London and His ‘Wild Side’

Many of Jack London’s novels have the unique characteristic of portraying survival of the fittest, the humanizing of animals, and a contrast of savagery and civility in their protagonists. Subsistence was the number one priority for heroes and “villains” in many of London’s books. This quest for existence and life was a difficult one in…

Busy streets of London

Someone once told me that London was the most beautiful city they had ever seen. As I walked through the streets of London I couldn’t help but see the ugly side. The people were shadows to me, the buildings loomed over like leering monsters and the car headlights reminded me of the eyes of wild…

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