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White Fang

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By Jack London White Fang Review Project By: Andrew Z, Keegan, Josh, Ray The book White Fang by Jack London is a story about a part wolf, part dog who was born in the wild but was raised by humans. He is a ferocious and magnificent creature through whose experiences we see and feel essential rhythms and patterns of life in the animal kingdom and among man-kind as well. A major conflict in this book was near the end after White Fang moves to California with his owner Weedon Scott, whom he loves very much. Scott's father, Judge Scott convicted Jim Hall to San Quentin Prison and when Hall miraculously escaped, he set out to seek revenge with Judge Scott. Jim Hall, on the lam, went immediately to Judge Scott's house in the middle of the night as everyone was asleep. White Fang lay asleep on the porch as he heard noises coming to the door. He sensed a threatening presence and attacked Jim Hall, who was equipped with a revolver, Jim Hall was killed in the fight but managed to shoot White Fang in the gut. "The aim of life was meat. Life itself was meat. Life lived on life... The law was: EAT OR BE EATEN"(50). There are essentially two major themes in this book. One major theme in the beginning of this very exciting story is Survival of the Fittest. Living in the wild, White Fang and his mother have to fight each and every day to find food and shelter to live. Each year, different factors test their abilities to survive and if they are not able to eat and reproduce in the wild, they will die. Fortunately, White Fang is part-wolf and part-dog and is able to use this to his advantage to find food. The individuals most fit for the wild will survive in this very competitive world. Another major theme towards the end of the book is you can take the wolf out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the wolf. White Fang is sold to several different people and is forced to live along humans in civilized areas but he is never able to make the vital changes to do this. Throughout his life, he kills several people and other dogs. By being unexpectedly thrown into populated life, he is not able to adapt to this drastically new life and is still living as if he is the wild, killing to eat. This is a major conflict for White Fang that he is forced to deal with is a theme of the book as he tries to evolve. "'It's a wolf and there's no taming it,' Weedon Scott announced"(110). Discussion Components Discussion Preparation

In order to have a successful discussion all the group members must have read the material so they are familiar with the book topic. You must then write appropriate level 1-4 questions pertaining to the reading. Sample Questions for White Fang

1.Why is White Fang so upset?

2. Relate yourself to White Fang. Have you ever had someone special move away from you? How did you feel?

3. Evaluate White Fangs behavior in San Francisco. What does this tell you about his natural instincts?

4. Create a visual aid documenting White Fangs personality and behavioral changes from the beginning to the end of the book. How has he evolved inters of violence throughout the book? Proceeding the discussion

Once the discussion is finished you must type up a reflection paragraph describing the discussion interns of question depth and co-operation among group members. The reflection should also include what you need to do individually as well as a group to improve your discussion. When reflecting on your questions keep in mind the major themes and conflict in the novel. 5 Important Skills For a Good Discussion

1. Listen to the other group members when they are talking.

2. Use your book as a resource to find evidence to answer your question.

3. Ask questions that provoke discussion amongst the group. Ask questions that involve opinions.

4. Go in depth when answering the questions.

5. Pay attention to your group members responses and try to elaborate on them keeping in mind the major conflicts and themes in the book. At the beginning, our group was not very fond of this book. It seemed slow and dull and boring, but quickly changed. When some action started happening and there was some excitement, that's when all of us realized this might be good book after all. Jack London writes like no other author, and this is something all of us could relate too in a way. We all agreed that at the end of the book, whether some of us liked it or not, we were all glad we wrote it. This was a great learning and maturing experience for all of us and we definitely picked the right book. Important Quotes "On the sled, in the box, lay a third man whose toil was over, - a man whom the Wild had conquered and beaten down until he would never move nor struggle again. It is not the way of the Wild to like movement. Life is an offense to it, for life is movement; and the Wild aims always to destroy movement." - Jack London, White Fang, Part 1, Ch. 1 "His conclusion was that things were not always what they appeared to be. The cub's fear of the unknown was an inherited distrust, and it had now been strengthened by experience. Thenceforth, in the nature of things, he would possess an abiding distrust of appearances." - Jack London, White Fang, Part 2, Chapter 4 "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. He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralize about it. He did not even think the law; he merely lived the law without thinking about it at all." - Jack London, White Fang, Part 2, Chapter 5 "Out of this pack-persecution he learned two important things: how to take care of himself in a mass-fight against him; and how, on a single dog, to inflict the greatest amount of damage in the briefest space of time." - Jack London, White Fang, Part 3, Chapter 3
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