The story awakens in us something forgotten. Something primal. The desire to be truly free.
Its the story of transformation of a dog.
The primary theme of The Call of the wild is the struggle for existence and be the Master.
Dogs are among the most helpful of creatures to man, being both protector, hunter and companion. A man’s greed takes the dog away from civilization into the wild where he reconnects to its primitive roots.
We are first introduced to Buck as the great dog - loyal, strong, and protective - as seen domesticated in everyday life. But he is more than that, as we see him transform and revert back to his natural instincts as he truly responds to his call to the wild.
He, for the first time sees men's cruelty - constantly abused and beaten by them, challenged by other dogs.
He is beaten ; but he is not broken.
Buck’s journey through the harsh landscapes as a sledge dog, passing from one master to another, teaches him to survive in the ways of the wild.
In the process, his natural killer instincts, made dormant by his brush with civilisation, awaken.
We watch as he overcomes obstacles of both physical and mental exertion to his farthest limits and beyond.
Among all the lessons that he learned, one of the first and the most important was never to fall. For, that meant being torn apart by other dogs of the pack.
Gradually he adjusts to this new life as a sled dog, where he learns to fight back and eventually kills the lead dog of their team-Spitz to become the master of the team.
According to me this story is about human beings in the garb of a dog. Its about the Wild - the animal inside us - which awakens from a deep slumber due to some external circumstances. The story has a universal appeal.
In this story Jack London has described the life in its real way and he offers us plenty to think about.