White Fang

White Fang: Essay Q&A

1. White Fang begins with an invocation of “the futility of life.” Does the book in fact suggest that life is ultimately “futile,” or is meaning in life possible and, if so, how is such meaning realized? Although White Fang certainly portrays life as a difficult struggle-for animals as well as for human beings-it does …

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White Fang: Top Ten Quotes

It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild (I.1). Growth is life, and life is forever destined to make for light (II.4). He was realizing his own meaning in the world; he was doing …

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White Fang: Theme Analysis

One central theme with which London seems preoccupied in White Fang is the theme of the nature of life. The theme was much on the minds of 19th-century readers and thinkers. In 1859, Charles Darwin advanced ideas that came to be popularly understood as “survival of the fittest”-that life was a struggle, and that only …

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White Fang: Character Profiles

White Fang:  is the titular character and protagonist, an animal who is part domesticated dog and part wolf of the Wild, and who experiences a continual struggle between these elements of his character. He is obedient to instincts passed on through countless generations-the instincts not only of his savage wolf ancestors, but also those of …

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