White Fang Symbolism

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In the article “The Way a Wolf Sees Things” author Conrad Geller writes about Jack London’s writing style and how it explores “what life must feel like to a wild animal” (1). Being able to capture the lifetime of White Fang gives London the ability to introduce new ideas and perspectives to an animal who is a symbol of the wild. In Jack London’s novel White Fang, the main character is a wolf who is given the name White Fang when he is domesticated by a Native American tribe. White Fang learns that his purpose is to provide food and protection to the people he serves. When White Fang is used for the good and wealth of others, he puts the needs of humans before himself and starts treating humans like his
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This means that if White Fang had not come into contact with humans, he wouldn’t have ever known they existed. As stated earlier, White Fang’s law of nature was originally to eat or be eaten, however because of his involvement with humans, it changes to oppressing the weak and obeying the strong. This continues to push the Marxist ideals of rising up out of the working class in order to destroy the ownership class. (Campbell 1). White Fang’s natural instinct of survival in the wild has warped into a natural instinct of surviving in a Marxist system. London’s reasoning behind making White Fang a fighting wolf was led on by showing the reader the difference to when White Fang used to fight animals for survival in comparison to when he fights against other animals for the entertainment humans. Whenever White Fang continues to follow the leadership of man, he is eliminating the amount of classes that separate himself and the humans above him. After White Fang kills a lynx that is supposed to be higher up on the food chain, London writes how there were “none considered worthy of fighting him” (London 222). White Fang is gradually rising a natural progression to pushing the ownership classes out, so soon the remaining class will be the humans themselves (Campbell

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