White Fang

Nicole
White Fang
By Jack London
1. Survival of the Fittest
This means that only the brightest and strongest will survive. From the beginning White Fang was strong. He was the only pup of his litter to survive. His strength and intelligence made him the feared dog in the Indian camp. While defending Judge Scott, White Fang takes three bullets but, amazingly, he is able to pull through the operation of removing the bullets. White Fang learns how to fight the other dogs, to obey new masters, learn to fight under the evil guidance of Beauty, and be loved by Weedon Scott.


2. Romanticism
Part five of the book shows how love can tame natural behavior and instincts. White Fang learns to love Weedon Scott, which produces a desire in him to do anything that pleases Scott. This includes having Scotts children climb and play with him, learning to leave chickens alone, even though he enjoyed the taste.
3. Naturalism
Naturalism in this book means that people and other creatures that become victims of their heredity and environment. White Fang is a victim to his heredity because he is one-fourth dog and three-fourths wolf, which causes him to be more aggressive, have more strength than other dogs, and be a better hunter. The environment played a big part because he grew up where a famine was occurring a great majority of the time, there was snow, it was cold, other dogs were abusive towards him, and his masters didnt make anything good for him (All except Scott)


Quotes
1. White Fang knew the law well: to oppress the weak and obey the strong
This means that there was a set law that all the dogs and people basically knew. If there was a weak dog he should be killed basically. The strong to White Fang were Gray Beaver, and Beauty who would beat White Fang if he tried to run away, which he took as strength.

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2. They were fire makers! They were gods!
This is said because White Fang watches the men make a fire. He sees this as them making a life that is red and warm out of something dead and cold. To him this was godlike.
3. Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the gods property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.

This quote shows why White Fang acted friendly towards Gray Beaver. Gray Beaver gave him food, warmth, protected him, and gave him companionship. While White Fang guarded his property from other people who might want to steal it, defended Gray Beaver from harm, and obeyed him.


4. “They were his environment, these men, and they were molding the clay of him into a more ferocious thing than had been intended by Nature. Nevertheless, Nature had given him plasticity. Where many another animal would have died or had its spirit broken, he adjusted himself and lived, and at no expense of the spirit.”
This quote means that the men that were raising White Fang were cruel in his upbringing. Instead of teaching him to be well tempered and kind, they taught him to be ferocious and attack man or beast. If White Fang was just like any other dog his spirit would have been broken or he would have died under the pressure. He had to adapt to the treatment and learned to live with it.


5. “The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”
This quote tells how even though White Fang is acting like any other dog, and loves, he still has the wolf in him, which is out for blood. The wolf side to him just merely lies dormant until he awakens it to attack someone or something.