White Fang

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Man's Hand Symbol Icon
All of White Fang's owners use their hands to strike White Fang in order to correct his behavior. White Fang comes to regard man's hand as an instrument of hurt, punishment, danger, cunning, and mastery. He is distrustful of man's touch. But Scott uses his hands to show affection and love towards White Fang, so White Fang ends up putting his trust in man's hands.
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Man's Hand Symbol Timeline in White Fang

The timeline below shows where the symbol Man's Hand appears in White Fang. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 1
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
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An Indian approaches him, lowering his hand to touch the cub's head. The cub cannot decide whether "to yield," or "to fight,"... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
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...she's taken aboard a canoe. Gray Beaver, in his canoe, overtakes the pup, using his hand to lift White Fang out of the water and give him the worst beating he... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
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...in a smooth and gentle voice. But White Fang grows suspicious when Scott lowers his hand over his head. Fearing hurt and punishment, White Fang snarls and crouches, until his "insatiable... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
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...meat, but will not let go of it, until White Fang eats it from his hand. Cautiously, White Fang gradually eats the meat from Scott's hand. (full context)
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Scott reaches out his hand to pet White Fang. Battling with his natural instincts, White Fang bristles and snarls at... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
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...presence, but Collie still snarls at this wild creature with distrust. "The cuff" of Scott's hand, and the call of his voice trains and teaches White Fang to adapt to domestic... (full context)