Spiritual Journey of Jack London (II)In the latter half of the nineteenth century, commerce dominated the American economy. The country was seething with increasing industrialization and mechanization after the civil war and soon produced a lot of wealth, many people made amazing profits during the prosperous war-time economy. However beneath the glittering surface of prosperity, there lay depression and unhappiness. Disillusionment and frustration were widely felt. What had been expected to be a “Gold Age” turned out to be “Gilded” time. Through the views of Buck and White Fang, Jack London reveals the ugliness of this society. In the opening chapter of these two novels, Jack London unfolds two different worlds before us. One is civilized, well-defined by gentility, order and rules and embodied by Judge Miller’s sprawling home in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. One is wild, savage, frozen-hearted, where the animals are free from men’s control, and there are profound implications in these pictures. Through The Call of the Wild, Jack London expressed his strong dissatisfaction with reality. He denied the present society from the following aspects:
- Disaffection with the upper class
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