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Describe what the Law of Club and Fang is in The Call of the Wild.

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hyperness | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM via web

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Describe what the Law of Club and Fang is in The Call of the Wild.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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For one thing, the Law of Club and Fang is the title of Chapter 2.  But beyond that, it is what Buck finds when he is taken away from Judge Miller's estate.

When Buck meets the man in the red sweater, he learns about the law of the club.  He learns that a man with a club is likely to be willing and able to force Buck to do his bidding.  This kind of treatment is unlike any he has ever seen before.

When he gets to Alaska and is put among the other dogs, he finds out about the law of the fang -- whoever can fight will be able to enforce their will.

So this law is basically the idea that the strong will control the weak.  There is no more civilized behavior where Buck is now -0- the strong rule and the weak must obey or die.

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balynn | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:17 AM (Answer #2)

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As Buck withnesses, the man in the red sweater taught him the law of the club when several clubs were broken over Buck to get him to obey. The law of the fang Buck learned  as he approached a sled dog from it's blind side and was  bit (with fang) clear down to the bone. Man (Club) Dog (bone).

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juliacn2000 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM (Answer #4)

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The "Law of Club and Fang" basically means that no dog can beat a man with a club.

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gsmaechling | eNoter

Posted June 7, 2012 at 12:48 AM (Answer #5)

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the law of the club is hitting the dogs if they misbehave because the people paid a lot of $ for dogs and it makes the dogs obediant.. the law of the fang is when the dogs fight example spitz and buck...... buck wins.

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dksport | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM (Answer #6)

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is to show how it is the wild and you must respect those bigger then you but must try to beat them to

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