White Fang


Jack London

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The Yellow Weasel Symbol Analysis

The Yellow Weasel Symbol Icon
The weasel is another symbol of death and nature's law. The weasel almost kills the young White Fang by biting into his jugular, a major blood artery, that if severed would result in instant death. Under the weasel's grip, White Fang nearly dies, but his mother rescues him by consuming the stealthy creature. The weasel tries to eat, but is ultimately eaten. White Fang's near death experience with the weasel also foreshadows his second near death experience with the bulldog, whose bite is similarly nearly lethal.
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The Yellow Weasel Symbol Timeline in White Fang

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Yellow Weasel appears in White Fang. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 4
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
Emerging from the water, the cub encounters a yellow mother weasel. It attacks him at the throat, nearly killing him, but the she-wolf rescues the cub... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
The Struggle for Survival Theme Icon
After two days, the cub ventures out of the cave and kills the weasel's pup. His ambition to hunt grows, as do his hunting skills. He hunts for play,... (full context)