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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild


by Jack London

The Call of the Wild Fate and Free Will Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide- water dog...Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal. (1.1)

There are issues at play out of Buck’s control that affect his life.

Quote #2

[…] the fall ice was very thin, and where there was swift water, there was no ice at all. (2.19)

London presents certain events, like falling through the ice, as inevitable.

Quote #3

Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener's helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and divers small copies of himself. (2.26)

What has happened to Buck is a small piece of a larger puzzle with many more players involved.

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