The Call of the Wild

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The Law of Club and Fang Symbol Analysis

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The law of club and fang refers to the primitive law of nature that reigns in the Northland, which rules according to the necessities of survival in reference to both dog's relation to man and to other dogs. We see the two parts of this law in action through particular devices: the man in the red sweater's club and the dog fangs that rip Curly to shreds. Through powerful blows the man in the red sweater's club teaches dogs, like Buck, to obey their masters. Meanwhile, the dogs' attack on Curly symbolizes the power of the fang. Together, the law of club and the law of fang prescribes a code for survival in the Northland—obey man's club, never let your guard down, and fight to win.
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The Law of Club and Fang Symbol Timeline in The Call of the Wild

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Law of Club and Fang appears in The Call of the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Into the Primitive
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...the crate, leaping towards the man. He's stunned when the man strikes him with a club. Buck lunges again and again, but is struck down each time. Buck has never been... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Law of Club and Fang
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...are not "town dogs and men," but "savages" who abide by the law of the club and fang. (full context)
Chapter 4: Who Has Won to Mastership
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...the scruff of his neck, removing him from the traces, then threatens him with the club when Buck attempts to assume Spitz's position again. Buck eludes the club's reach, until François... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sounding of the Call
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...that John Thornton is dead. Buck, overcome by rage and grief, defies the law of club and fang, attacking the Yeehats, killing some of them, and causing the others to flee. (full context)