White Fang

Characters

  • White Fang is the novel's protagonist. He is a wolfdog who was born wild but becomes more dog-like after Grey Beaver domesticates him. While he was cared for by his mother, White Fang grows up fierce and unloved after being separated from her; he was constantly bullied by other dogs, like Lip-Lip, and becomes a fighting dog after Beauty Smith buys him. He eventually becomes more loving and friendly after he is bought and tamed by Weedon Scott. He saves Judge Scott's life by killing Jim Hall and eventually has six pups with Collie.
  • Grey Beaver is White Fang's first master. He is harsh and shows no affection for his dog, but White Fang still displays loyalty toward him out of respect for his superiority. Grey Beaver only sells White Fang to Beauty Smith after becoming addicted to alcohol.
  • Beauty Smith is White Fang's second master and the main antagonist of the novel. He is an ugly, cruel, and mean-spirited cook who uses alcohol to con Gray Beaver into selling White Fang. He trains White Fang to be a ferocious fighting dog. White Fang considers him to be a "mad god". He tries to steal White Fang back after Scott forcefully buys him, but White Fang brutally attacks him.
  • Weedon Scott is White Fang's third master and the first to show affection towards him. He saves White Fang from the bulldog Cherokee and forcefully buys him from Beauty Smith. He tries to tame White Fang and slowly gains his trust, then finally his love. He takes White Fang to live with him in California.
  • Kiche is White Fang's mother; she is known as the "she-wolf" at the beginning of the novel. She is a wolfdog and used to be Grey Beaver's brother's dog, but escaped during a famine. When she returns to the Native Americans, she gets sent away from White Fang and only sees him twice more in the novel, once after White Fang has turned of age, the second time during a famine when she again escaped into the wild, as did some other dogs including White Fang - in both cases she chased him off to protect her new pups.
  • Lip-lip is a canine pup who also lives in the Native American village. He brutally bullies White Fang throughout his puppyhood and encourages the other dogs to attack him. White Fang kills him after he flees into the woods during a famine.
  • One-Eye was White Fang's father. He was a pure-blooded wolf and killed his rivals to mate with Kiche. He was killed by a lynx when he tries to rob her den for food during a famine. His death is avenged by Kiche when she kills the Lynx's kittens and kills the Lynx herself in a fight.
  • Jim Hall was an escaped convict. He was innocent of the crime he had been put in prison for. Judge Scott convicted him, not realizing there was a police cover up. Jim Hall wanted revenge on Judge Scott, thinking he was part of the conspiracy. He breaks into the family home in order to get revenge, but White Fang attacks and kills him.
  • Judge Scott is Weedon Scott's father. He does not trust White Fang completely at first until he saves his life from Jim Hall.
  • Alice Scott is Weedon Scott's mother. She calls White Fang "The Blessed Wolf" after he saves Judge Scott from Jim Hall.
  • Beth Scott is one of Weedon Scott's sisters, the other being Mary.
  • Mary Scott is one of Weedon Scott's sisters, the other being Beth.
  • Weedon Scott Jr. is Weedon Scott's son.
  • Maude is Weedon Scott's daughter.
  • Collie is a sheepdog on Scott's farm. She does not trust White Fang at first, but he works his way to winning her confidence, and they become mates.
  • Dick is Judge Scott's loyal and gentle deerhound.
  • Henry is Bill's sledding partner. He is skeptical of Bill's theory that a wolf lurks among the sled dogs, but takes the disappearance of each dog in stride. Less impulsive than his partner, he manages to escape the wolf pack's attack, but leaves the incident deeply shaken.
  • Bill was an impulsive and ill-tempered musher who works with his sled partner, Henry, to convey the remains of Lord Alfred to McGurry. He is disturbed by the gradual disappearance of his dogs. The wolf pack attacks and devours him when he attempts to assault them with his gun.
  • Mit-sah is Grey Beaver's son. He runs White Fang and the other puppies on a sledge.
  • Kloo-koosh is Grey Beaver's wife. She is even less of a factor than her son and still gives White Fang some food when he returns to their camp.
  • Three Eagles is an Indian who buys Kiche from Grey Beaver.
  • Matt is Scott's musher. He feeds White Fang and works him on the sledge during the day.
  • Tim Keenan is the owner of Cherokee. When Cherokee and White Fang fight, Keenan is somewhat of a passive onlooker, and is not resentful when Weedon Scott breaks up the fight between the two dogs.
  • Cherokee is a bulldog that faces White Fang during one of the fights Beauty Smith hosts. He is the only dog to ever get close to killing White Fang.
  • The Lynx was a ferocious and vengeful feline. It kills One-Eye, but Kiche avenges his death by killing the lynx and the kittens herself.
  • The Weasel attacks White Fang when he interferes with her young, Kiche then kills her.
  • One-Ear was one of Henry and Bill's sled dogs until he was lured into the wild by Kiche.
  • The Surgeon is Judge Scott's assistant. He was called to White Fang's aide after he attacks Jim Hall, but concludes that White Fang's odds for survival are low.
  • Frog was the strongest sled dog on Bill and Henry's team until he was the second dog to get eaten by the wolves.
  • Fatty was the first sled dog on Bill and Henry's team to get eaten by the wild wolf pack.
  • Spanker was the third dog eaten by the wolf pack.
  • The Young Leader was one of Kiche's suitors until One-Eye kills him.
  • The Ambitious Three-Year-Old was another one of Kiche's suitors until One-Eye kills him.
  • Baseek was an old dog who attempts to intimidate White Fang into giving up his meat.
  • Major was one of Judge Scott's dogs until White Fang kills him when he is first taken into Scott's care.
  • Lord Alfred was the man whose remains are conveyed in the coffin that Bill and Henry's sled dog team carried.

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