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Blink 3 of 8 - The 5 AM Club
by Robin Sharma
White Fang is a thrilling adventure by Jack London that delves into the wilderness of the Yukon. Through the eyes of a wolf-dog hybrid, we witness both the cruelty and kindness of humans.
White Fang by Jack London takes us into the wild North, where we follow the life of the titular protagonist, White Fang, from birth. Born to a half-wolf, half-dog mother named Kiche, White Fang and his siblings struggle for survival, facing thirst, starvation, and threats from other animals. However, among his litter, only White Fang survives, demonstrating his resilience and strength early on-traits that define him throughout the novel.
Growing up in the wild, White Fang learns to hunt under his mother’s guidance. But soon, their scarce existence takes a turn when they are captured by Native American Indians. White Fang is introduced to human habitation, marking his first encounter with 'the law of the fang,' an understanding of power, subjugation, and survival in a domestic setting.
During his time in the Indian camp, White Fang gets hostile treatment from the other Native American dogs and learns to defend himself fiercely, eventually growing into a harsh and vicious creature. However, his hostile behaviour towards all but his adopted Indian family, Grey Beaver, earns him enemies. This hostile behaviour eventually puts him in the hands of a cruel owner, Beauty Smith.
Under Beauty Smith, White Fang is forcefully made to engage in violent dog fights. He endures severe mistreatment and cruelty which fuels his growing hatred for humans. His violent demeanour, a result of his tough life circumstance and cruel human interactions, becomes renowned causing him to be feared and rejected by all.
However, White Fang's life takes a significant turn when he meets Weedon Scott, a wealthy gold hunter. Weedon scorns at the dog-fights and rescues White Fang from the cruel hands of Beauty Smith. Despite White Fang's initial aggressive behaviour, Weedon reveals a persistent kindness and patience, allowing White Fang to gradually see the benevolence in human nature.
Weedon's kind treatment and constant exposure to positivity lead White Fang to changing his perspective of the world, learning to trust and even love his new master. In Weedon, White Fang experiences the care and affection he has been deprived of for most of his life. This part of the novel shows us the impact of nurture over nature, that even a creature as wild and fierce as White Fang could learn to love and trust.
The final phase of the novel sees White Fang relocating with Weedon to California, marking his transition from the harsh cold wilderness to warm civilization. His transformation continues, evolving from a feared beast to a cherished pet. He even takes on a protective role, saving Weedon's father from an escaped convict, showing his loyalty and cementing his place in the family.
In conclusion, White Fang provides a gripping view of nature, the wild, and the complexities of living beings adapting to their surroundings. Through the story of a half-wolf, half-dog, Jack London illustrates the power of empathy and kindness in transforming even the wildest creatures. It's an exploration of survival, adaptability, the struggle for existence and the power of love.
White Fang by Jack London is a gripping tale that delves into the wild and brutal world of the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush. Through the eyes of the titular character, a half-dog, half-wolf hybrid, the book explores themes of survival, instinct, and the delicate balance between humans and nature.
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Blink 3 of 8 - The 5 AM Club
by Robin Sharma