The Sea Wolf

The Sea Wolf

by Jack London
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Interesting.
Davidinwonderland More than 1 year ago
Any Rand must have loved Wolf Larsen. I found myself attracted to him, but, in the end...no, Dick Cheney personified. Humphrey Van Weydon is the true hero. This book causes us to question our beliefs. Hopefully, if you're not too dogmatic, you'll side with Van Weyden....be an arbiter of peace and love, rather than animalistic carnivorism. Beautifully written...a classic that should be revisited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy love all of Jack Londons books, and this one is good too, but it is hard because my favorite character is the Wolf. Hummphery Van weidein was not good enough of a guy for the whole setting.
BellGuginofan1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 22 days ago
He walked in with his head held high. He looked around. He cleared his throat. "May i stay?"
Anonymous 3 months ago
The large white wolf pads in. "Who is the Alpha here?"
Anonymous 3 months ago
Mako- the large, dark gray wolf padded in. He moved with authority then said,"Hello. Me and my siblings ask if we could join." <br> Smolder- The very dark pelted wolf followed his brother. He was smaller than Mako, but seemed to be smarter and more cunning. He lifted his chin as he looked around the camp <br> Valor- The more golden colored wolf followed his siblings. He was leaner, more swift looking, but his green eyes still had the same determination as his brothers. "Yes, our two sisters will be joining us later, may they join as well? Their names are Lila and Azule."
Anonymous 3 months ago
The female wolf padded in. She had long silver fur and beautiful blue eyes.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The leader of the shadow pack waited
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Laiser. Those fu<_>cking Annex's? There were TITO'S ki<_>lling them!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the bios book spacific? And may i rp one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does the worm. Like a bauss. <(*-*<) <(*-*)> (>*-*)> <(*-*)> <(*-*<)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lie on the ground. There was too much blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Striking to Randi! Swift!<p>Hey guys! I miss you two so much. Swift, I had a chance to post at our book yesterday, so go read it please. :) I hope you two are doing good, not getting into too much troubles without me around. Lol. I'm grounded right now, for who knows how long. I won't be around much for at least into the summer, if things continue with how they are. Please, don't forget me in that time. :D I won't forget anyone I've met long ago. I gotta run before the teacher locks my account again. Randi, I'mma post at our book tomorrow during school. Check sometime!</p>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched the camp boredly from her tree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I find it funny that Punction thinks my death would upset anybody." xD xD "Okay."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I have family in Texas. But i dont like him and the other woman he married. I never talk to my father. Anywho! Im bored. Ooooooohhh!!!!! Plat! Do you want to play Truth or Dare?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meant to ad a to"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She purred, "Hello, my love." She nuzzled him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kicked him in the b<e>alls. "Stay out of this."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch from the shadows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay!! Seeyas!!"