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White Fang written by Jack London is a wonderful adventure novel that vividly depicts the life of a wolf by the name of White Fang Throughout the course of the novel White Fang goes through numerous learning experiences as he interacts with humans and other wolves from Alaska around the turn of the century Jack London uses the events that transpire during White Fangs life to illustrate that only the cunning intelligent and strong will be able to survive The ideas of Darwinism and survival are reinforced by almost every action that takes place in the novel Man is shown defeating nature through superior intelligence a wolf cub conquers his puppy-hood and a young wolf survives despite the hardships placed upon him by man As the story begins Jack London is quick to introduce his theme but he opens the first three chapters without the main character White Fang Two men named Bill and Henry are trying to transport the body of a rich man across the frozen tundra of Alaska by sled dog while a pack of hungry wolves is pursuing them The wolves gradually kill off the team of dogs and eventually Bill in an attempt to survive the long winter It is ironic in that both the wolves and Henry are struggling against each other for their lives The wolves need to eat Henry to fight off their maddening hunger and Henry needs to get rid of the wolves so he can remain living In the end Henry proves the victor of the deadly competition by creating a barrier of fire to ward off the wolves until he is rescued This introductory scenario illustrates that survival will be known only to the intelligent and thus illuminates the theme that presents itself throughout the entire novel Almost directly after White Fangs birth he learns the law of survival When he stumbles out of the den as a small and clumsy cub his instincts
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