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It, and other London works, promoted individualism and attacked totalitarianism. Let's go back to the plot of The Call of the Wild. Rereading it, there are a few main incidents that jump out at me as part of a larger trend: Buck's attack in Seattle on the "stout man, with a red sweater"[1] who threatens him with a hatchet and club. His rivalry with Spitz ...


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Because of the author's socialist views. From Banned Books Week: Generally hailed as Jack London’s best work, The Call of the Wild is commonly challenged for its dark tone and bloody violence. Because it is seen as a man-and-his-dog story, it is sometimes read by adolescents and subsequently challenged for age-inappropriateness. Not only have objections ...


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Just to add a little more context to that quote: When Buck earned sixteen hundred dollars in five minutes for John Thornton, he made it possible for his master to pay off certain debts and to journey with his partners into the East after a fabled lost mine, the history of which was as old as the history of the country. Many men had sought it; few had ...


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Although it’s about the dog Buck, it’s actually about Jack London’s philosophy of life, or at least that small part of it we see here. I mean, who’s ever heard of a man reading a dog’s mind? It’s also important to disentangle the notion of primitive law because it can easily be confused with the notion of "primitive" as in primitive societies. I mean, ...


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As far back as the tradition goes, it still doesn't go back far enough to know who the first man was. It's adding to the first sentence that you quoted - about how it's shrouded in mystery. The passage is giving this as sort of an example. The "oldest tradition" means the farthest back that anyone knows. It stops, which means it reaches up to a certain ...


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Martin has just read Herbert Spencer’s First Principles of a New System of Philosophy (1862), which describes a universal and teleological process of evolution spanning every scale from microscopic to galactic. Thus from the persistence of force follow, not only the various direct and indirect equilibrations going on around, together with that cosmical ...


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