Study Guide

The Call of the Wild Characters

By Jack London

Buck

Buck's the alpha dog. The top dog. The big dawg. And no, we're not being subtle (that wouldn't be...

Thornton

We're not going to mince words: we give Thornton five Milkbones on a five Milkbone scale.This guy...

Perrault

You might have a hard time keeping Perrault and François straight—after all, they're...

François

If you’re having a hard time keeping François and Perrault straight, François...

The Man in the Red Sweater

This guy doesn’t even get a name—he gets a sweater. And when someone doesn’t...

Manuel

Manuel, the Californian gardener, gets the ball rolling. It’s a thieving, illicit, morally...

Curly (a dog)

It seems like Curly represents the brutality of violence that dogs face in the frozen North. Her...

Spitz (a dog)

Spitz is Buck’s last steppingstone on the way to becoming Buck, Master of the Universe. He...

Dave (a dog)

As sad as it is, the most important thing about Dave is his death. When Dave gets sick and...

Billee and Joe (two dogs)

Billee and Joe are just two dogs that pay the price of the frozen North…with their lives....

Sol-leks (a dog)

In his desire to lead the team, Buck beats out Spitz physically and Sol-leks by sheer...

Hal

Hal is not someone you want to be spending time with—not if you’re a person, and...

Charles

If Charles is any better than Hal, it’s only because he’s more passive and therefore...

Mercedes

Mercedes is the only woman in this text (not counting female dogs), and unfortunately represents...