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The Call of the Wild

Affection- The Call of the Wild is a book that gets you emotionally involved by getting you attached to Jon's dog and their connection. From the beginning you can tell that Buck (Jon's dog) takes a liking to Jon. He started out as a mean spirited dog but softens when he gets to know Jon. If you like touching stories, this book is just that.

Bandwagon- If "everyone" does something, then most people want to join in. That's exactly what Jon did in this book. He heard about all of the people traveling north to the Klondike for gold and he wanted to do the same. Many people follow the "pack" and can relate to this story.

Authority- If someone of power or authority does something, it is easier to follow, just like how the Mayor of the town Jon was from went to the Klondike. That helped Jon make his decision about going also.

Value Judgment- Family values are important to a lot of people. Charlie, an Indian guide that Jon became friends with, had a family and left them to go with the others to the Klondike. He realized during the trip that he needed to go back to them because he was abandoning them. He left Jon and went back. He later returned with his family. That proves that he was a man that had good values and cared about his family.

Acquisitive instinct- Most of the people that went to the Klondike went to find gold, because they wanted more than they already had. Lots of us do that same thing. We always seem to want more than we already have. So we can relate to the book in that way. Even if it is not right to always want more we can see where they are coming from.

Plain Folks- When books are about average people, we usually like to read about that more because it seems like more of a real life situation. Jon's family was average and he was a normal guy. He just wanted something new in his life so he went North, just like a lot of the other people.

Neglected aspect- Most of the people that went North went for a selfish purpose. Jon thought that he was going because of that but realized that it was different. His real reason was to let Buck go to his real home and to get to know his real self. People sometimes use situations for different purposes.

Stereotyping- All of the people that were going up North were labeled as greedy. Jon



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