The Call of the Wild

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The call is a wild force that beckons Buck to immerse himself in nature. Though not represented by any single object, it is an energy often associated with songs and wolf howls. "Ancient song" and "song of the pack" are a few examples. The musical quality of "the call" underlines its ability speak to the primal, instinctual, and emotional aspects of Buck's character, suggesting that it is not just an alluring voice, but a powerful summoning.
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The Call Symbol Timeline in The Call of the Wild

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Call appears in The Call of the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: For the Love of Man
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The Pursuit of Mastery Theme Icon
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...first time, Buck comes to adore and admire Thornton as his "ideal master." Although the call beckons Buck into the forest, he remains devoted to Thornton, returning to his fireside, whenever... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sounding of the Call
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The Pursuit of Mastery Theme Icon
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...life timber wolf, who beckons him into the forest. Buck senses the summoning of the call as they cavort in the woods, but Buck remembers John Thornton and eventually returns to... (full context)
The Man-Dog relationship Theme Icon
The Pursuit of Mastery Theme Icon
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Buck mourns over John Thornton's body but that night hears the call. The wild wolf pack circles him. They lunge and strike at him, but he displays... (full context)