Meat symbolizes life and hunger. From an early age, White Fang recognizes the role of meat in life: it sustains life by relieving the potentially fatal pangs of hunger and famine. To eat is to live, and so the "aim of meat [is] life." Under the "law of meat," all animals are potential prey, or sources of meat and life.
The Law of Meat Quotes in White Fang
The White Fang quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Law of Meat. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of White Fang published in 1991.).
Part 2, Chapter 5 Quotes
The aim of life was meat. Life itself was meat. Life lived on life. There were the eaters and the eaten. The law was: EAT OR BE EATEN.
The Law of Meat Symbol Timeline in White Fang
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Law of Meat appears in White Fang. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 6
...elderly hound, Baseek tries to intimidate White Fang into surrendering a prime piece of moose meat. White Fang almost relinquishes it, but defends his right to eat by attacking Baseek. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 6