White Fang


Jack London

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The Northland Symbol Icon
The Northland refers to the Canadian Klondike and the cold and harsh conditions of life in this region. It is associated with nature's merciless ways and the wilderness.

The Northland Quotes in White Fang

The White Fang quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Northland. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of White Fang published in 1991.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted, Northland Wild.

Related Symbols: The Northland
Page Number: 1
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The Northland Symbol Timeline in White Fang

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Northland appears in White Fang. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
Against a still and dark forest in the frozen and desolate Northland, two men mush a sled towards McGurry, carrying a "long and narrow, oblong box." Within... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Nature v. Nurture Theme Icon
Mastery Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
...the laws of hunting and foraging in the Southland are different from those of the Northland. Used to hunting wild things, he follows his natural instinct to kill and eat when... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 4
Domestic Yearnings v. Natural Instinct Theme Icon
Nature v. Nurture Theme Icon
Domestication Theme Icon
The months go by. Although White Fang misses the Northland, he prospers under the sunshine and abundance of the Southland and Scott's kindness, "flourishing like... (full context)