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In “The Law of Life”, Jack London depicts the indifference of nature, which controls destiny of an old chief of an Eskimo tribe. London shows the scene of an old man’s death  very realistically. Koskoosh who was abandoned by his tribe, recalls himself his first observation of wolves’ hunting moose. He thinks that this event, as well as leaving of his own father to die alone, is the “law of all flesh”. He understands that “nature was not kindly to the flesh” (875), but he doesn’t argue this. Recall of the Great Famine one more time shows him their helplessness. His life is “the obedience of all its [tribe] members, way down into the forgotten past, whose very resting places were unremembered.” (875) Submissiveness is the main personal trait inherited by him from his ancestors. His principles are shaken just once. The hunter supposes that “the heart of his son might soften, and he would come back” (878). Koskoosh recognizes law of nature as undisputable one. This argument is proved by Koshkoosh feeling helpless against nature – “the measure of his life was a handful of fagots.” (875). His last words “What did it matter after all? Was it not the law of life?” (878) symbolizes his recognition of inevitability of his fate and tragic end of courageous hunter Koshkoosh.

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