Learning Unit 12

1. White Fang is a unique text because, in all my history as an English student, it is the first text I have studied that features an animal as the protagonist. The book is unique because it explores human nature from the perspective of animals, which forces the reader to see themselves in a completely different light. White Fang reminds me of other books like Watership Down in that it features animals as the main characters. At the same time, White Fang is surprisingly similar to the book Iola Leroy in that the protagonists of both are “hybrids” or of “mixed ancestry”. White Fang is a wolf-dog hybrid and, like Iola, has trouble fitting in due to his background and struggles to find a place for himself in the world. In this manner, the challenges of both man and beast are remarkably similar.

2. Daisy Miller, The Awakening, The Yellow Wallpaper, and Iola Leroy are all considered examples of early feminist work. Pick two of these texts and explain they are similar in addressing feminist issues. Explain how they are different.

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