Honors English III literary Analysis The Call of the Wild, Jack London Prompt

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The Call of the Wild Literary Analysis Honors English III Fennell

Honors English III Literary Analysis

The Call of the Wild, Jack London


Anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object, is one of the primary literary techniques used by Jack London in The Call of the Wild. How was London able to use this technique to express his ideas about human as well as canine nature?

London also suggests that people, like dogs, have wilder natures that are tempered by civilization. Does London suggest in The Call of the Wild that people who are able to give in to their wilder instincts are happier and nobler than those who are not? Does he suggest the same for dogs, that those who accept the “call of the wild” are ultimately happier and nobler than those who continue to depend on man? Make sure to consider people and dogs in the Klondike as well as those in Buck's original home.

At the end of the novel, do you believe that every dog would be happier living free in the wild? Defend your answer with examples from the story.

Finally, what is the call of the wild? Explain how and why Buck slowly came to understand this call.

Be specific, drawing from examples, characters, scenes, and messages in the book.

To prepare:

Read your “Literary Analysis Essay Outline” guidelines. Focus on the methods introduced here: ANT, TIQA, and RRR, and begin brainstorming and outlining your literary analysis as it relates to your chosen prompt.

  • Practice writing/creating your introduction and thesis. Having these in place will help you move forward in your paper. After you have done this, begin brainstorming the focus of each body paragraph; remember that your thesis statement should hint at what is to be focused on in these body paragraphs. It is the launching off point. Your conclusion will tie everything up.

  • Begin a rough draft of your analysis. Remember that what you write for this is just a draft; it can be fixed and perfected later. Just focus on the structure and ideas here; you’ll polish later.

  • Be specific and purposeful! Tackle this prompt head-on; don’t dance around it.


  • 3 pages, minimum (or more; you have to complete the requirements and your thesis’s goal. Finish your thought process; your paper is not complete until you do this. Any incomplete papers/ideas will not receive full credit.)

  • Typed (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1.5” spacing, 1” margins; no exceptions).

  • Works cited page (MLA format).

Outline Due (complete and detailed; writing workshop):

  • Thursday, March 1 (will extend into Friday, March 2)

Rough Draft Due (peer edit workshop):

  • Tuesday, March 6

Final Paper Due:

  • Friday, March 9 (we will present to class)

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