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White Fang

            Comparing White Fang and Call of the Wild.
             When most people think of Jack London, they think of the wilderness, the cold, and his two most famous novels, Call of the Wild and White Fang. Every major novel or short story of London's is set in the wild and these two are no exception. In both novels, the main character is a dog (or wolf) that is taken from his natural environment and placed in a foreign land. The animal is then forced to learn how to adapt to adverse situations and to deal with whatever nature or man throws at him. In the end, they complete their change into a different animal and live happily in their new surroundings. While these two stories may seem exactly alike (the reason for this being that Call of the Wild is actually a sequel to White Fang), there are some differences, both subtle and obvious, that set them apart as two completely different but equally great pieces of literature.
             The most obvious similarity between the two stories is that the main character in both of them is a dog (since a wolf is a type of dog). The most obvious difference would be that they have two different names, Buck in Call of the Wild and White Fang in White Fang. Also the plots in general are very similar. Both Buck and White Fang have to adapt to different situations and different environments. Both the main characters are sold by their owners as well at some point. Both the dogs learn laws of nature. While Buck learns the Law of Club and Fang, White Fang learns the Law of Meat. When Buck learned the law at first, "He saw, once and for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it (Wild 8)." White fang learned that, "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 about the law; he merely lived the law without thinking about it at all (Fang 65).

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