Call of the wild

Call of the wild

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  •  Fit to survive!
  • Go faster, you lazy dogs! or I will hit you with my whip!
  • Not fit to survive!
  • Oh, you poor, poor things! Why are you being lazy and not working? This sled is not at all heavy!
  • Don't worry everyone ! I know the way and I know about the wilderness.  We will survive!
  •  Fit to survive!
  • Thank god!
  • This scene relates to the concept of " Survival of the Fittest" because Spitz was used to being the Alpha dog, he was always the head of the pack and the leader. Buck and Spitz have had tension between them for a long time and when they finally fight Buck shows how he is the fittest by beating Spitz and taking his place as the alpha dog because now other dogs are scared of Buck and Buck won't have to be scared of the Law of Fang.
  • We have so many problems to deal with! I don't care if the dogs starve but we will get to Dawson!
  • We don't have any dog food left! The dogs will starve. In fact we don't have any food for us left!
  • Mercedes, Hals, and Charles are not adapted to the wild because they believe the dogs are just being lazy and so they will not lose any of the weight on the sled. Instead of thinking of what they could do to improve their performance on the distance they punish the dogs because they think it is the dog's fault. Their pride blinds their eyes so much that they can't see how hard the dogs are trying to run but the weight is pulling them back.
  • Fit to survive!
  • John Thorton knows a lot more about the wilderness than Hal, Charles, and Mercedes. He is very experienced in the wilderness. He also knows how to treat animals unlike Charles, Hal and, Mercedes. On page 119 it states" This man had saved his life, which was one thing but further he was the ideal master. Other men saw to the welfare of there dogs from a sense of duty and business expediency; he saw to the welfare of his as if they were his own children. This makes the dogs love and obey John Thorton.
  •  Fit to survive!
  • This shows " Survival of the Fittest" because Hal, Charles, and Mercedes have overfed the dogs and eventually don't have enough food to feed them in the end. They also were not prepared because they themselves have run out of food. Instead of focusing on the situation and try to fix the situation like John does Hal, Charles, and Mercedes argue unendingly which eventually leads to fighting and problems ahead on the road.
  • Not fit to survive!
  • There are many problems with the leadership of Hal, Charles, and Mercedes. One of them is the unending arguing of the three 
  • This shows " Survival of the Fittest" because on page 77 John Thorton almost drowns but kept his hand on the rock to save himself.  He commands Buck to go back and get a rope to save him. John Thorton uses his knowledge about the wild to save himself from danger, something Hals, Charles, and Mercedes could never do because they were not fit to survive. He makes sure to not travel until Bucks' ribs get knitted because he cares about Buck and treats him like his own so buck also listens to every one of John's commands as well.
  • This example happened in the early stages of the book ( pg.26) when Buck had realized that he was very cold. Buck had been working the whole day and was exhausted and tired, but he had no place to sleep in the freezing cold. He survived the weather by digging a deep hole in the snow and sleeping there.  This supports the idea of " Survival of the Fittest' because Buck had survived the freezing cold by using his mind and making a hole for warmth. 
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