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Two men are out in the wild of the north.

Their dogs disappear as they are lured
by a she-wolf and eaten by the pack. They only have three bullets left and Bill,
one of the men, uses them to try to save one of their dogs; he misses and is
eaten with the dog. Only Henry and two dogs are left; he makes a fire, trying to
drive away the wolves. They draw in close, and he is almost eaten, saved only
by a company of men who were traveling nearby.

The wolves are in the midst of a famine. They continue on, lead by several
wolves alongside the she-wolf, and when they finally find food the pack starts
to split up. The she-wolf mates with one of the wolves and has a litter of pups.
Only one survives after several more famines, and he grows strong and is a
feisty pup.

They come to an Indian village where the she-wolf's (who is actually half-wolf,
half-dog) master is. He catches her again and White Fang, her pup, stays
nearby. Soon, she is sold to another Indian, while White Fang stays with Gray
Beaver, her master. The other dogs of the village terrorize White Fang,
especially one named Lip-lip.

White Fang becomes more and more vicious, encouraged by his master. He kills
other dogs. Gray Beaver goes to Fort Yukon to trade and discovers whiskey.
White Fang is passed into the hands of Beauty Smith, a monster of a man. He
fights other dogs until he meets his match in a bulldog and is saved only by a
man named Scott.

Scott tames White Fang and takes him back to California with him. There White
Fang learns to love his master and his master's family and even saves Scott's
father from a criminal that escaped from the nearby prison. White Fang has
puppies with Collie, one of the master's dogs, and lives a happy life.

Characters

White Fang - White Fang is the main character of the book. His mother was half
wolf, half dog. His father was full wolf. He starts his life in the wild, but becomes
more and more of a dog after he and Kiche, his mother, go to the Indian camp.
He is naturally quite strong and agile, but other dogs and humans are mean to
him so he turns these skills into fighting skills, becoming fierce and unloved. It
is only when he meets Scott, the first human to ever show kindness to him that
his character changes and he becomes a loving dog.

Henry - Henry appears only in the first section of White Fang. He is mushing
with Bill and is the more thoughtful and less impulsive of the two. He tries to
use his wit to escape the wolves, but is saved only by luck.

Collie .Bill .Bill also is only in the first section of White Fang. and escaped from an Indian camp during a famine.Gray Beaver's son.Scott is White Fang's first loving master. Themes Men and the natural word ." Jim Hall . He feeds White Fang and works him on the sled during the day. He is full wolf and kills his rivals to mate with Kiche. Gray Beaver . Beauty Smith trains White Fang to become a fighting dog." She is half wolf. Mit-sah . He tries to take vengeance on Judge Scott. It is only when he becomes addicted to alcohol that he is willing to sell White Fang.Kiche is White Fang's mother. Weedon Scott . White Fang bonds to him out of a certain mutual respect.Weedon Scott's father. and they become mates. One Eye . but is attacked by White Fang. Judge Scott does not believe in White Fang until after White Fang saves his life.Matt is Scott's musher. Judge Scott .An ugly man. He is much more morose than Henry. he then calls the dog the "Blessed Wolf. Gray Beaver is White Fang's first master. Jim Hall escapes from the prison after he is unjustly sentenced by Judge Scott. who runs White Fang and the other dogs on a sled.A criminal. Lip-lip is another pup in the Indian village who robs White Fang of any puppyhood by turning all the dogs against him. Although he shows no affection for his dog. He saves White Fang from the bulldog and slowly gain's White Fang's trust.The bane of White Fang's existence. Kiche . Lip-lip . Beauty Smith . and his impulsiveness with the gun causes him to be eaten by the wolves. half dog. both inside and out. and finally his love.Collie does not trust White Fang at first because she is a sheep dog. Matt . but he works his way into her confidence.One Eye is White Fang's father.A harsh man. also known as the "she-wolf.

but they're still at the mercy of its laws… especially when Jim Hall comes to visit. . the goal is to avoid dying for as long as possible. We try to tame it. biological sense. shows us what it can do to a pair of hapless mushers. right? It's just as bad for everybody else who. White Fang would still be in that cave (and likely dead). and Scott wouldn't have been able to save the wolf from getting chomped to death by a bulldog. and in many cases. escape it or overthrow it. as London quietly points out. White Fang starts competing when he's just a puppy and doesn't stop until the very end of the book. Through White Fang. competition appears in its most old-school. rule it. White Fang is about nature. It means you can go where you want and do what you want. we also see how humans deal with nature. Seriously stressful business. resources. lynxes that jerk with the chain and the club. In White Fang. It waits around every corner for him and could claim him at any moment. Death From the moment he's born. even though you know you're going to lose. When he's with Grey Beaver. Here it means fighting over food. Suffering It takes guts to make things happen in life. Scott and his family rise above it. but it also means that you're on your own as far as that whole "getting food and shelter" thing goes. Freedom and confinement Freedom is a tricky thing in White Fang. Without courage. and eventually escapes it. but in the end. kind of like a cosmic game of dodge ball. the ability to go on living. you're usually fighting against something specific: wolves. Competition In White Fang. London talks about it in the first two paragraphs. or a murderous murderer. then picks up one of its creatures and demonstrates how he is shaped by. White Fang faces death. It's pretty much who he is.More than anything. and pry the jaws of one of the animals loose. A little puppy pushing out of his cave into the great big world needs a big sack of courage to does it right? On another level. London puts a lot of stock in courage. and it reflects the best that his White Fang characters can do. is going to die sooner or later anyway. and the fact that he's good at it is really the only reason he's still alive. insult the patrons. When you're fighting for your life. You got to keep ducking and diving. we're still beholden to it in a lot of ways. you need some brass to step into a lethal dog fight.

innocence is more than the typical naïveté of childhood (or puppyhood in this case). White Fang. Innocence In White Fang. knowing that he'll eventually come home. Like the balance between nature and civilization. It also indicates a total lack of experience with the world. gives him the best sort of confinement—the kind based on trust that allows White Fang to roam free. is always innocent in some ways. the story could be seen as the search of a soft spot between freedom and confinement. since it gets him a steady meal. Scott.White Fang ultimately decides that confinement is better than freedom. . Bet you never thought you'd be asking yourself why wolves can't cry when you started this book. as an animal. however. and that innocence shows up in both physical experiences and emotional feelings. in which White Fang always finds himself stumbling smack dab against something that's nothing he's ever seen before. That turns around and bites him in the bum when Beauty Smith takes over.