Comparing The Hero's Journey In The Call Of The Wild And White Fang

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Jack London is well-known for his novels on wolves and dogs: The Call of the Wild and White Fang. This essay explores the latter; a hero’s journey adapted to the character of a wolf-dog hybrid. As a canine placed into a traditionally human role, White Fang is an obvious statement on the perception of humanity. Therefore, the following research question arose: How does White Fang’s adaptation as a hero challenge the perception of humanity? The focus of the investigation was on the steps that White Fang goes through on his hero’s journey, the common perception of humanity as elevated, and the effect that White Fang’s character has on challenging the distinctions between human and animal. This investigation was undertaken by consulting secondary
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