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The story White Fang by Jack London presents something very interesting in relation to humanity, choice and free will. This story has been told from a narrator’s perspective, and revolves around personal sequel to Call of the Wild. The author depicts the situations and conditions faced by the people to be full of sadness and tragedy ,and the protagonist is depicted as animal that passes through various experiences towards being civilized, where he his revealed as partly sled dog and partly wolf. The story is written in viewpoint of a canine way of life, which enable the author to understand how animals view humans and world in general. The main purpose of writing the book was to teach what a purpose-driven and healthy society should be. This story is very critical in my life, in that it has helped me understand that one should not see life misfortunes as the beginning to fail and retread, but on the contrary one should be able to achieve what is known as the ‘ageless self”. Jack London's White Fang exemplifies the relationship between natural law and the rules imposed by society, significantly known as “survival of nature”.
Review of White Fang by Jack London
White Fang is a fictional novel by Jack London, which ingeniously re-imagines a world, with poignant story of friendship and love, and its relationship with the world around us.After reading this story by Jack London, something very interesting arises as we analyze the protagonist life. This is in shift of living conditions that the animal experiences as he gradually gains a human companion who decides to tame him. As the story unfolds, White Fang gives up all he has during a fight with another dog before ending up as man’s most loving companion who expresses kindness and love to him .The uniqueness of the story is seen when the author explains unfolding of events and associates them with what might be happening in the animal’s mind.
White Fang is born during a time of famine, and is the only cub that survives as the rest of the litter belonging to the she-wolf die of starvation. The animal faces many hardships in his life, even after escaping death from famine at time of his birth once again. Famine strikes while in the Indian camp. He is thus forced to live in the wild only to return to the Indian man, named Gray Beaver, after the end of the famine. The Indian later sells White Fang to Beauty Smith who forces him to fight other dogs. White Fang gains mastery skills in fighting, so much so that he wins every fight until he faces Cherokee who battles him down. White Fang is saved by a man named Scott who moves with him to his home in California and decides to tame him.
There are several themes that are depicted in the book. First, the environment in which the story takes place helps to generate a number of themes and character traits of those involved. For example, at first, Bill and Henry discover that the she-wolf had experienced a certain lifestyle as a dog. She is found to be familiar with people’s behavior. Although she is awolf, she is also familiar with civilized surroundings, something that is commonly associated with domesticated dogs. Furthermore, she is found to become attached to the environment of the civilized people, especially due to the fact that even after raising her cubs in the wild, she later comes back to the Indian camp.
White Fang is depicted as a very adaptive and resilient animal. He takes little time and effort to adapt to the different types of environments that he is exposed to. Even after he is rescued by Scott, White Fang proves that he is easily teachable and tamable. He easily learns the rules given to him, such as not to eat chicken. The author demonstrates how the environment and the animal’s instinct can be contrasted and harmonized. This is expressed through White Fang’s experience at the river. He is filled by fear of the unknown and tends not to trust the appearance of the surrounding environment. In fact, he mistakes the river for solid ground and therefore, he falls into the water, hurting himself in the process.
However, the author portrays this incident as an opportunity to strengthen him so that he can be ready for other hardships to come in the future. Additionally, when Scott tries to place his hand close, White Fang bites him as a defensive mechanism. He believes that what Scott was doing was unsafe for him and therefore, the best alternative for him was to strike back. The effect of long time abuse causes White Fang to bite Scott’s hand in order to defend himself.
Life in the wild is another theme that is well portrayed in the book. The turn of events demonstrates that in the wild, animals have to remain abreast in order to thrive. It is only the strong surviving, while the weak are intimidated and taken advantage of. For instance, in order to win the love of she-wolf, the One-Eye fought the other two competitors until he conquered . Also, it was only after White Fang turned out vicious that he gained mastery of fighting skills and therefore won every fight he engaged himself into. This implies that he was the key decision maker among other dogs in the neighborhood due to his aggressiveness.
The author to further tries indicates how much risk a person can face when basic necessities, such as food, are unavailable. When the she-wolf is attacked by a lynx, she becomes badly wounded and her cub is endangered due to lack of food. The experiences with his mother caused White Fang to greatly valve her, that even after she was taken away he still fought for her. The author used the incident, of White Fang’s abuse by Lip-lip to portray the development of his character traits. He learned that the best way to survive was through fighting all the other dogs in the camp. He became very vicious and since he could not befriend any other dog within the compound, he chased them way as a strategy to protect himself.
Throughout the story, the reader is engaged as the protagonist. The reader’s attention is captured and he is made to follow the experiences of White Fang. The author appeals to the reader’s emotions as he is taken through feelings of hurt and fear which corresponds with White Fang’s experiences. The readers become so engaged that they even tell what is going around White Fang’s mind. Furthermore, the story is presented in a poetic format thereby engaging someone into another world and time altogether.
The author created a lot of suspense as the story unfolded and made it very hard for the reader to predict what would happen next. The unexpected turn of events acted as a source of motivation to the readers to stay on course in order to discover how White Fang will end up. White Fang also went through very harsh situations that engrossed the reader in the story.The author aroused emotions of pain, fear and loneliness in me as they tried to visualize the adverse and dangerous scenarios that White Fang went through. This quality of the story attracts my attention causing me to continue to read until they finally discover White Fang’s fate. The story has continued to gain popularity owing to its vivid display of nature’s unforgiving cruelty in the wild and the survival for the fittest that is familiar to all life.
In an attempt to achieve his purpose writing this book, Jack London has somehow realized his goals. He has enumerated and explained the major procedures and strategies that need to be encouraged towards the development and growth of the society by setting a purpose for its occupants. The author’s style of writing flows smoothly with the cadence of the paragraphs being very engaging. This makes it possible for the reader to explore even the finest details of the text. He has also flashed in characterization to make the work fictional. He extensively used science concepts and anecdotes in order to stress on the facts and purpose of his work. Everything in the text is therefore very helpful and the reason I would be the first person to recommend Jack London’s novel to other readers.
This story has a significant influence in my life, the problems faced by the protagonist have also happened in my life. Life teaches better lessons than what one learns in a classroom setting. It is very true that everyone has undergone a number of stages in life, and each stage is characterized by a number of happenings. Such happenings are exactly what make us learn. Different people have been taught very many lessons by life, they have learned, and have been shaped by the same life experiences.
On my side, I had just finished my secondary school. This is the second level after one is through with his primary school level in our society. I had great hopes of life. Despite the fact that I was naive, I strongly believed that I would work hard and achieve all my goals. They say unexpected always happened. Immediately after joining my second year in high school, my life turned for the worst. Having been orphaned at the age of three, I had always been supported by my aunt. During the time I was joining secondary school, my aunt was in her early forties. I loved her for the care, support and affection he had always showed me.
For so long, I always thought my aunt was living to her potential and giving everything the passion it really deserved. .It was on a Sunday morning when I was summoned to the office of the Principal. It did not come to me that something would be wrong. It was after entering into the office when I saw the face of my older brother. From the look on his face I concluded that something was very wrong. The sad news was that my aunt had passed. Very little did I know she had been struggling all along with terminal cancer.
For the first time in life I felt a feeling I had never known, and it would take me long to realize that it was me. I had been done for and my entire life was held on a thin thread. However, without knowing how, I realized after the funeral that I would be strong. I was sure that my education had been brought to an end. I stayed at home for the term without any clue about my future. Fortunately, the miraculous hand of the Lord intervened and my name was listed among the new students to benefit from government education funds for education. Although it took me long to heal from this difficulty, and with very many curses for being orphaned, eventually I overcame everything and became strong once again.
From the book, it’s evident that the author has been able to prove his motive of writing the text to the reader. He uses appropriate references and scientific knowledge to support his points clearly. It’s clear from the novel that friendship occurs at stages where, each stage or phase occurs at a specific time in life. Although this is work of fiction, it’s clear that his interpretations and analysis of the scientific issue surrounding relation to humanity, choice and free will. The reader is therefore required to know what he is after in the text before making judgment because there are no flaws in the author’s work despite the fact that most of the facts and insights regarding the concept of nature are never inspiring.
In reference to the story, White Fang by Jack London, Just like the protagonist in the story, I have achieved a number of things, where my perspective in life has changed entirely and has given me very strong energy to face whatever challenge that comes my way. I know that anything can happen, and whenever it happens we should never give up, but instead become stronger and conquer the situation. That is exactly what I am this day.