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CHAPTER SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS
Now a year old, White Fang is fully-grown. Looking like a wolf, his stature and strength are impressive, commanding respect from the other dogs. The older dogs accept him as an equal, and his peers avoid him and give him space. White Fang no longer has to fear the other dogs, even the older ones. In fact, White Fang fights and kills Baseek, attacking him by surprise. It is another example of the survival of the fittest. Baseek, now older and weaker, does not compare to White Fang in strength.
When he comes across Kiche, she snarls at White Fang even though he is overjoyed to see her. She does not appear to remember him and has a new set of puppies to take care of. White Fang is totally puzzled when she attacks him, but he does not retaliate, following an instinct that tells him not to attack a female of his own species.
One thing that White Fang cannot tolerate is being laughed at or ridiculed. It drives him into a rage, and he sometimes releases his fury on the other dogs. Here, as in other places, London attributes a human quality to White Fang.
Back in the woods during the famine, White Fang’s survival instinct again comes to the fore as he hunts for food. When he encounters Lip-lip, he does not hesitate to kill him. He proves he has grown stronger, more powerful, and more independent. His dependence on the Indians, however, is still undeniable, and he returns to camp after the famine is over.
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