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White Fang

White Fang

The Oblong Box/ Coffin Symbol Analysis

The Oblong Box/ Coffin Symbol Icon
The "long and narrow oblong box" that Bill and Henry tow across the Klondike is the coffin that carries the remains of Lord Alfred, an aristocrat who died on the trail. His coffin symbolizes death, highlighting the fragility of life in the Northland.
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The Oblong Box/ Coffin Symbol Timeline in White Fang

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Oblong Box/ Coffin 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
...and desolate Northland, two men mush a sled towards McGurry, carrying a "long and narrow, oblong box ." Within the coffin are the remains of a man "beaten down" by the Wild.... (full context)
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
Bill and Henry muse over the death of the man in the oblong box , an aristocratic type, Lord Alfred, who had no business venturing into the Northland. The... (full context)