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The Sea-Wolf

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a

This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a ferry steamer called the Martinez. Humphrey is a literature critic who depends on his father for income, and is weak and frail. The Martinez eventually ends up in a collision with another ship. Humphrey is ...
This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a ferry steamer called the Martinez. Humphrey is a literature critic who depends on his father for income, and is weak and frail. The Martinez eventually ends up in a collision with another ship. Humphrey is then rescued by seal-schooner called the Ghost ruled by the brutish yet intelligent Wolf Larsen and his cruel men. From here he must use his wits, gain strength, and courage to survive in his harsh new environment filled with madness.

I could practically read the philosophy of Naturalism in every line of the story. The characters acts, thoughts, and personality only added more emphasis to this philosophy. For example some characters can have a caring nature, while others can have a more empathetic one. Humphrey also constantly describes the horrible conditions of his new environment and how he learns from it, which gives another great example to this theme. With this piece of classic American Literature, London also heavily highlights the need of self-reliance. He does this with his character Humphrey. Stuck on a boat with no one to support him, there would be no one else to trust but himself. London shows through Humphrey ways that self-reliance is an advantage that individuals can use as a benefit, then as a burden.

I loved the way Jack London describes every event in perfect detail. His word choice and imagery could practically play a little movie or paint a vivid picture in my head. The pace of the book was very interesting too. It sped up right from the beginning and maintained its pace until the story was finished. Many of the characters could be likable depending on the person. I personally favored Humphrey because his ideals are similar to mines. Though Wolf Larsen is the antagonist of this story I could not hate him because of the pain of loneliness he feels. Many of the other characters I felt were average and were only used to make the story dramatic, which they succeed in doing. The main thing that disturbed me in this book though, was the precise detail of blood, gore, and crimes committed on the ship. Other than that little topic, I found this book very exciting, and adventurous.

This book was very enjoyable to read, and was hard to put down. This characteristic can be shared in London’s many genius pieces of literature such as, Call of the Wild (one of my personal favorites), White Fang, and A Daughter of the Snows. If anyone is thirsting for a good sea adventure, then the Sea Wolf is the perfect choice.

posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i lo

it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i love most of his work. he is such a grest writer. but i was little let down by this one. great character in Wolf Larson. but no great character to match him. the hero's i ended up booing. no great chemistry ...
it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i love most of his work. he is such a grest writer. but i was little let down by this one. great character in Wolf Larson. but no great character to match him. the hero's i ended up booing. no great chemistry was there between the hero and heroine. they were very naieve i felt and you would think after all Wolf put them through they would be a little more hardened or wiser for it but no just a couple of crazy intellectual kids in love in the middle of the north pacific. they were really good even great moments in the book - but they were very few and far between. recommend? yes. more than once? no.

posted by BellGuginofan1 on July 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Arron

    Places a paw inbetween Zeyrell's ribs, unsheathing his claws into the cat's lungs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Zhurak

    (We just started out, but we're planning on raiding twice a day, depending on the condition of the cats.) Grins, and reaches down, biting into his opponets neck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Zhurak

    Darts in, and leaps over Reivunfeza, twirling around and slashing his hind legs, before jumping back, snarling, "Otubaga!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2015

    Eclipse

    Rested her head gently on his head protecting Mist and Shadow too. "Armie!" She meowed when the kits fell asleep. <p> Mist- Prods Shadow's muzzle a she snored. <p> Shadow- Grogily inched from her prodding sister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Fang

    Sits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2015

    To steeil

    Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2015

    Thunder & Mist

    Thunder sits by Firehawk and her siblings.<p>Mist sits by Eclipse and her siblings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    FH2

    Mah sis is short. 5'4" and a freshman in high school. I'm practically the same height. 5'3" for me, average width, not really fat or skinny or anything. My skin is kinda pale, blame my Irish ancestry. I have a few zits on my face that I keep attacking with a hair clip and Clean and Clear cream, trying to keep them from getting infected. Sometimes they get filled up with a bunch of yellow sh<_>it, so I'm always poking and picking at them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Eclipse & Diamond

    "I'll be happy to join the raid!!! My sister had kits, but they died, and still has milk so she is watching them, right, Diamond?" States Eclipse <p> Diamond- She nods and race to her sisters kits. ( Oh, and yeah, I acually do rp Diamond! )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Thunder OOC

    This is Firehawk & Rohan's kit. And I gtg to bed Dx so bbt hopefully!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Nightwing to all randis friends

    How is she

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Impavid

    She limps into the camp favoring one of her broken paws and the other was lifted up. Besides being scorched and having two broken legs she was fine. (Ish okay maybe not really.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Blackgaze

    Started falling asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    &Delta

    I am a boy. She is a girl. I ra<_>ped her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Steeil: Woo Woop Read!

    First of all: I will be redoing the info in a minute! Second: DENS ARE AT.... Othello result 1 for warrior, is a multi, 13 for kit, and 29 for unranked, then 30 for pri<_>soners! Sorry, no capitalizing. I too lazy! Okay, bbl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    . . .

    Sorry Para. She's still a bit sick right now. Feel free to guess again though :) Plus, does Randi have a story written? If so, l demand to know where it is right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2015

    Demi

    Why the fu<_>ck are you sorry NOW? Is it because your poor choices are being called out? You sure as heII didn't seem sorry when you were being Steeil and Para or whoever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2015

    To all irgent

    Of u want anptjer rp clan join us at spongeman res 2 first bio gets to be co amd make tjname of tje clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2015

    Demi to Mottlefur

    Whatever. Now get your as<_>s out of here before l either whip it into shape or kick it into next week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2015

    Regret

    ( The net is made of vines. )"These are now our hostages," she proclaimed. She picked up Lilypaw, and tied vines around her neck and chest, creating a harness. She tied the other end of the vine to the tree. She did the same with the kits. "Ha," she cackled, "now CelestialClan pays."

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