One element of the book one might overlook is White Fang's ability to adapt to any new circumstances and somehow survive. He learns how to fight the other dogs, he learns to obey new masters, he learns to fight under the evil guidance of Beauty and, finally, he learns to love and be tamed by Weedon Scott. In the novel White Fang by Jack London, the main character learns to adapt to its surroundings ultimately leading to his domestication. There are many ways that the wild has influenced White Fang throughout his life. The beginning of this novel gives us one glimpse into the possible "other life" for White Fang.
Bucks long and hard life journey can easily be compared to that of Odysseus in The Odyssey by Homer. Buck is sent on a hard journey to find out what kind of work he must really do, and when placed in the hands of countless bad owners he makes the best of the situations just like Odysseus was able to defeat all of the monsters that crossed his path. Buck then returned to a home like setting only to find it difficult for him to fit in from a tough life on the road, how Odysseus was unrecognized by all but his dog. Finally Buck got what he thought was to be ‘home’ with John Thornton until tragedy strikes and Buck finds the wolves. Buck is finally ‘at home’ when he finds the great timber wolf pack and runs with them, leading and understanding life.
As a dog, Buck has his own characters, psyches, emotions and thoughts, he accomplished his conquer not only through strength but also wisdom. Consequently, I was extremely fascinated and charmed by him. To some extent, what was written in the story does have their reflections in the reality. There are certainly cruel competitions in the current society, in order to achieve one’s long-dreamed aims, one also have to fight bloodily. However Buck’s courage, striving, patience and persistence inspired me.
(Injuries also added to this dilemma later on.) The other savage animals that Buck is placed with, live by only one rule, the law of club and fang. Buck is placed in several predicaments where he must defend himself against the other savage animals and he is disciplined for it. Buck loved his 'master', John Thorton who saved Buck's life from Hal, Buck's master, prior to this event. Following his departure, Buck finds himself in the wild, trusting and depending on his primal instincts.
A second example occurs when Thorton owns Buck, and Spitz, the lead dog, constantly watches the team in a dominant manner. Buck, if insubordinate, runs the risk of death. He lays low, learning Spitz's every tactic. Buck adapts to circumstances until finally he strikes against Spitz in a fight for the dominant position. By killing Spitz, he gains a supreme air, and in turn an adaptation against the law of the fang.
He sells Buck in order to obtain more money; Buck is sent west to be a sled dog and is cruelly mistreated along the way. A quick learner, he adapts well to the sled dog life. His heritage also helped him become accustomed to the harsh Klondike climate. Some difficulties such as sore feet and a voracious appetite set him back at the beginning, but he speedily overcomes them. Buck goes through several masters and many thousands of miles.
This would be the beginning of a new, cruel life for Buck a life without pride. When Buck arrived at his destination he was thrown into a pen with a man who had a club. He was beaten until he understood that the man with the club was to be obeyed.Buck was later sold off to a man who put him on a sled team in a harness connected to many other dogs. Buck was found it hard to adapt to this at first, but eventually, he learned the way of trace and trail. Buck was sold off with a female dog named Curley.
This depicts the unfavorable form of relationship between man and dog, but in turn teaches Buck how to survive in the wilderness by scrapping for food and taking up for himself. This contrasts to Buck’s life at Miller’s estate. This idea of the differences of morality between civilization and the wilderness recurs frequently throughout the story and is one of the principal motifs in the story. Moreover, as time passes, Buck forms a violent rivalry with the lead ... ... middle of paper ... ...n to kill things by chemically propelled leaden bullets, the blood lust, the joy to kill -- all this was Buck's, only it was infinitely more intimate. He was ranging at the head of the pack, running the wild thing down, the living meat, to kill with how own teeth and wash his muzzle to the eyes in warm blood."
Soon, dog fighting became very popular, exciting and entertaining to see as the wining dog was, “Celebrated and held up as heroes for their courage and fortitude during battle.” Selective breeding started that way their dog would be easily handled and obey owners. They received the name for being trained to fight in pits with other dogs mostly of their own breed; after baiting was banned they got the b... ... middle of paper ... ...sible, abusive, forgets, and reckless towards the dog, “A bad stereotype that has come because a lot of times they are raised wrong.” The breed was a very important breed to America that was looked up to, as of now some states ban owning an American Pitbull Terrier. The breed is part of the nations upcoming and history that many are terrified of to even pet the exploring, loving, and friendly All American Dog they are. The fighting dogs were also known to change their habits with new responsible owners and created a very loving bond as if they never fought before. Today, American Pitbull Terriers aren’t allowed to enter most dog contests due to the false myths the media has created and irresponsible owners.
The dogs fight to stay alive and in some cases, fight to be dominant. Buck fights and kills Spitz, who was the lead the dog. Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill and found it good (London 99). After killing spitz, Buck assumes the lead position. This shows ho... ... middle of paper ... ...ed.