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

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The law of club and fang refers the primitive laws of nature and necessary survival skills for a dog's relationship with man and other dogs. Buck must learn this essential law in order to survive in the treacherous Northland.

After being savagely beaten with a club by the man in the red sweater, Buck is exposed for the first time to the brutal relationship between man and dog. He learns that the club is a powerful weapon that he must avoid in order to remain healthy. Buck is no match for a man with a club and adapts his behavior to avoid being beaten. In chapter 2, Buck witnesses a female dog named Curly accidentally stumble during a fight, which is a fatal mistake as she is savagely ripped apart by the surrounding pack of dogs. Buck realizes the importance of defending oneself and learns that there is no fair play in the wilderness. Civility no longer exists in the wilderness, and Buck must rely upon his instincts and physical abilities to survive.

The law of club and fang signifies the two most important factors for survival in the Northland: Buck's ability to avoid armed men and his ability to defend himself from other animals. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

balynn | Student

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).

gsmaechling | Student

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.

juliacn2000 | Student

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

dksport | Student

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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