White Fang

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White Fang Part 4, Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Beauty Smith chains White Fang in a pen and torments him with his maniacal laughter, inciting the dog's anger and hatred.
Beauty Smith's derisive treatment of White Fang accentuates White Fang's ferocious characteristics. One again, he is shaped by his environment.
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Under his abusive care, White Fang transforms into professional fighting dog. While men wager on White Fang's fights, Beauty takes pleasure in watching the carnage. Beauty pits a succession of dogs against White Fang, but wins every battle, using his hatred of Beauty Smith to motivate his ferocious fighting and survive in the ring.
Beauty Smith's dog fighting ring showcases his evil character. Money and bloodlust motivate his schemes. Meanwhile, White Fang's vicious fighting is conditioned by Beauty's training and motivated by an intense will to survive.
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White Fang gains a reputation as "The Fighting Wolf." No animals can beat him in the ring, so the men secure a female lynx for him to fight against. They are initially equally matched, but White Fang vanquishes her, like the others. He waits for his next battle against a Tim Keenan's bulldog.
White Fang's new name underlines the increased ferocity of his character. Yet while he acts with the ferocity of a wolf, he does not have the freedom of a true wolf, as he fights for the entertainment of men.
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