White Fang

White Fang

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.

Man's Hand Quotes in White Fang

The White Fang quotes below all refer to the symbol of Man's Hand. 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:

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Part 4, Chapter 5 Quotes

[White Fang] did not want to bite the hand, and he endured the peril of it until his instinct surged up in him, mastering him with its insatiable yearning for life.

Related Characters: White Fang, Weedon Scott
Related Symbols: Man's Hand
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 4, Chapter 6 Quotes

[Scott's] voice was soft and soothing. In spite of the menacing hand, the voice inspired confidence. And in spite of the assuring voice, the hand inspired distrust. White Fang was torn by conflicting feelings, impulses. It seemed he would fly to pieces, so terrible was the control he was exerting, holding together by an unwonted indecision the counter-forces that struggled within him for mastery.

Related Characters: White Fang, Weedon Scott
Related Symbols: Man's Hand
Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 5, Chapter 3 Quotes

[White Fang] obeyed his natural impulses until they ran counter to some law... But most potent in his education were the cuff of his master's hand, the censure of the master's voice. It was the compass by which he steered and learned to chart the manners of a new land and life.

Related Characters: White Fang, Weedon Scott
Related Symbols: Man's Hand
Page Number: 136
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
Mastery Theme Icon
Mating and Parenthood Theme Icon
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
Mastery Theme Icon
...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
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
...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
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
...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)
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
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
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Nature v. Nurture Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
...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)