The Call of the Wild Jack London Menu Introduction Background Discussion Starters The Call of the Wild Jack London The Call of the Wild: Introduction In a harsh and hostile environment like the Yukon Territory, survival is the ultimate challenge. The Call of the Wild: Introduction If strength, courage, and adaptability are the keys to survival, then our hero, Buck, stands a pretty good chance. The Call of the Wild: Introduction When Buck is stolen from his comfortable home in California and sold as a sled dog, he ends up working in the bitter cold of Alaska and Canada. The Call of the Wild: Introduction ItвЂ™s not just the climate thatвЂ™s changed. The rules seem to be different, too. The Call of the Wild: Introduction In this new environment, Buck has to change the way he вЂў sleeps вЂў eats вЂў relates to humans вЂў interacts with other dogs The Call of the Wild: Introduction Buck is smart, tough, and alert. He learns quickly how to survive as a sled dog. He even challenges Spitz, the lead dog. The Call of the Wild: Introduction No sooner has Buck adapted, though, than things begin to change again. New owners, heavier loads, dangerously thin iceвЂ” none of these changes will make life any easier for Buck. Or will they? The Call of the Wild: Background In August 1896, goldвЂ”and lots of itвЂ”was discovered in Rabbit Creek in the Yukon Territory of western Canada. The Call of the Wild: Background When news of the find reached the United States, the Klondike gold rush was on. The Call of the Wild: Background The gold prospectors, known as вЂњKlondikers,вЂќ faced harsh conditions: вЂў temperatures 20 degrees below zero вЂў starvation and malnutrition вЂў long journeys on foot вЂў hundreds of pounds of supplies to transport The Call of the Wild: Background The indigenous people of Alaska and Canada began using sled dogs more than 1,000 years ago. They depended on these dogs for вЂў protection вЂў transportation вЂў hunting вЂў companionship The Call of the Wild: Background In the late 1800s, settlers and explorers started using the dogs to help them explore remote areas, deliver mail, and look for gold. The Call of the Wild: Background Certain purebred dogs are commonly used as sled dogs. Siberian huskies Alaskan malamutes Samoyeds The Call of the Wild: Background Huskies, malamutes, and Samoyeds have a protective outercoat and an insulating undercoat, that helps them tolerate temperatures as low as вЂ“70В° F. The Call of the Wild: Discussion Starters Discuss (1) The Call of the Wild is an unusual book because it is told from the point of view of a dog. вЂў How do you think dogs view the world? вЂў How does a dogвЂ™s perspective differ from a humanвЂ™s? In what ways are the perspectives similar? The Call of the Wild: Discussion Starters Discuss (2) As BuckвЂ™s primitive, animal nature becomes stronger, he feels a longing to live as a wild animal instead of as a domesticated one. вЂў Do humans, like dogs, sometimes hear вЂњthe call of the wildвЂќ? вЂў What do you do when you feel the need to get closer to nature?