White Fang

White Fang

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The Club Symbol Analysis

The Club Symbol Icon
The club is a symbol of violence, discipline, and obedience. Throughout the novel, humans use the violent power of the club to make their animals submissive and obedient. Gray Beaver clubs White Fang when he's a pup, so that he will obey him. Beauty Smith also forces White Fang's submission by clubbing him. Through the club, London shows how violence and obedience can go hand-in-hand.

The Club Quotes in White Fang

The White Fang quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Club. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of White Fang published in 1991.
Part 3, Chapter 2 Quotes

For behind any wish of [man's] was power to enforce that wish, power that hurt, power that expressed itself in clouts and clubs, in flying stones and stinging lashes of whips.

Related Symbols: The Club, Man's Hand
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:

Again, London suggests that wolves (or at least dogs) must be subservient to men because of the natural order of life. White Fang is just a young wolf (and part dog), meaning he hasn't really learned how to be wild yet. Moreover, White Fang wouldn't be able to defend himself against most humans' weapons, even if he were a mature wolf.

The natural law of the universe, it's suggested, is force and mastery. All power stems from the ability to wield force quickly and skillfully. White Fang has to learn to submit to his human masters because they have clubs and he has none--it's that simple. Over the course of the novel, White Fang will learn how to obey many different kinds of masters--and yet at all times, it's implied that White Fang needs to obey a master.

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The Club Symbol Timeline in White Fang

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Club appears in White Fang. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 1
Mastery Theme Icon
...and his mother, but the Indian men drive them away with their yells and their clubs. This show of power impresses White Fang, causing him to regard men as "gods." (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
...camp, learning to live under the mastery of humans. He obeys their calls and their clubs, gradually giving himself over "body and soul" to man's authority. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2
Mastery Theme Icon
...neck and hands him over to Beauty Smith, who beats White Fang severely with his club and ties him to a stick in the ground. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
...maintains that White Fang is a tamed creature. To show his point Matt, raises his club with one hand to distract White Fang. While White Fang keeps a steady eye on... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
...White Fang has taken down an intruder. It is Beauty Smith. He came with a club and chain to steal White Fang. (full context)