From the beginning of the book we have learned about going from educated society to the primitive wild. Buck was forced to earn his place in the world and he accomplished overcoming the obstacles placed in front of him, fighting through injustices, and receiving a little luck here and there. What I found interesting in this chapter is the way that Buck wrestles within himself between civilization and his natural instincts. He fluctuates between the sides that have both been a part of his life. But in the end his wild side overrides civilization when he kills the wolverines which shows triumph. But Buck did not even realize this triumph until he had killed the indians at the wrecked camp sight. When he saw the dead dogs, Peter, and his beloved John Thornton his emotions took over him and he attacked man after man for a while killing them. Eventually stopped and this is when he realized what he had done. “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” Buck has now proven himself to be superior to men, even men that were armed. In the end, no matter how domesticate Buck had been his instincts ran wild and took over when they were called upon.
I found this neat clip that is just an overview and run down about the book and some of Jack London’s intentions. It covers everything and is pretty funny, check it out if you have the chance.