What Point of View Is "The Call of the Wild" In?

Animals often appear to have thoughts and feelings just like humans. In Jack London's "Call of the Wild," readers are treated to a riveting story that is told from the point of view of the dog Buck, who in becoming wild and joins a wolf pack. This point of view lends a perspective to the story that makes it gritty and unexpectedly realistic.

Point of View

The point of view London uses in "The Call of the Wild" is the third person limited omniscient. The third person refers to a narrator who is removed from the action. In other words, the story isn't being told through one of the character's eyes. Omniscient means that the narrator has access to character's thoughts and feelings, as if the narrator were all-knowing. The reason "The Call of the Wild" is characterized as having a limited omniscient point of view is because the dog's thoughts and feelings are the only ones the reader is privy to -- not those of any other characters.

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