The Call of the WIld
By: Jack London Article by: Joey McHugh
Buck the Dog
Theme and Characterization
Not just the theme but characterization helped advance the plot too. Hal and Charles are described as less organized and weaker than the previous owners. "Charles was a middle-aged, lightish colored man, with weak and watery eyes and a mustache that twisted fiercely and vigorously up, giving the lie to the limply drooping lip it concealed. Hal was a youngster of nineteen or twenty, with a big Colt's revolver and a hunting knife strapped about him on a belt that fairly bristled with cartridges. This belt was the most salient thing about him. It advertised his callowness--a callowness sheer and unutterable." This shows that Buck doesn't believe in his owners and he thinks of them as weak and immature.