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CHAPTER SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS
White Fang has become a domesticated creature, harnessed to a sled with the other dogs. The wise Indians put Lip-lip, who is hated by the other dogs, as the leader of the team, for the other dogs will chase him and make the sled go more rapidly. Mit-sah aggravates the hatred by favoring Lip-lip and feeding him extra food in the presence of other dogs. The Indians know that the more the team hates Lip-lip, the faster they will pull. Jack London calls such action “cunning indirection,” through which man increases his mastery over the beasts.
White Fang performs well as a sled dog. He works hard, learns discipline, and is obedient; “faithfulness and willingness characterized his toil.” When not working, he still wants to be left alone, and the animosity and hostility still exist between him and the others. When a fight flares up, White Fang is able to quickly subdue the other dogs.
White Fang’s attitude towards life is quite pessimistic. He sees the world as cruel and merciless, with brutality the order of the day. He is suspicious of any man’s hand, which he believes is raised to beat him. He also cannot tolerate children, who needlessly hurl sticks and stones at him. When he is unjustly beaten for eating the chips of moose meat, White Fang snaps at the child. Fortunately, Gray Beaver defends him against the angry parents. White Fang now understands when to defend others and when to stand up for himself. Knowing he will be rewarded, he saves Mit-sah from the rest of the village boys who come to attack. As a result of his action, he is given the responsibility of guarding his god’s property and attacking thieves. White does his duty out of fear, not out of love, which he has never experienced.
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