In Jack London's The Call of the Wild Buck goes through a self-evaluation because of his surroundings and what he has to adapt to. Buck changes for the better and worse because of his adaptability, intellect and might. Because of these traits, he can overcome great obstacles. He is constantly trying to adapt to nature because it is the only way to survive. Buck improves physically and mentally because of his self-reliance and courage.
In the story, Buck has to adapt to nature in order to survive. For example, “That club was a revelation. It was his introduction halfway the fact life took on a fiercer aspect; and while he faced that aspect uncovered he faced it with all the latent cunning of his nature aroused.” (6) In this quote buck is coming to the revelation that the club is stronger than him, he is realizing that “ A man with the club is the lawgiver a master to be obeyed, though not necessarily conciliated.”(6) He learned and adapted to what was around him at the time like how he learned he could not beat the club.
He is the smartest dog and a guide for the animals he has a very strong sense of intellect and imagination that's what makes him unlike the others. This event is a tool that helps him throughout the book. A great example for this statement is “Buck possessed a quality that made for greatness- imagination.”(36) This quote shows that buck has qualities unlike the others because of this quality he was unique without this quality he would just be an average northland dog.
Buck is a very strong dog he shows his might by being braver and bigger than all of the other dogs and by doing that he earns leadership. For example “ Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill and enjoyed it.” (42)This quote is evidence that Bucks evolution has worked in his favor he has grown in his swfitness in his leadership and his might. He has become a better hunter and has came to realize his power and his strength.
Thus to conclude, we have seen how nature has changed Buck and given these points we can see that he has evolved and grown as the strong mighty dog that he is. Because of the personification that goes on in this book, it makes the reader feel for Buck as more than a dog but more as a human. I feel the author is bringing up the question of whether dogs should be treated with more respect or just predators of the wild.