White Fang

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The Club Symbol Analysis

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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.
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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
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...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
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...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
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...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
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...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
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...White Fang has taken down an intruder. It is Beauty Smith. He came with a club and chain to steal White Fang. (full context)