The Sea Wolf
Humphrey Van Weyden becomes an unwilling participant in a tense shipboard drama. A deranged and abusive sea captain perpetrates a shipboard atmosphere of increasing violence that ultimately boils into mutiny, shipwreck, and a desperate confrontation. This 1904 maritime classic depicts the clash of materialistic and idealistic cultures with a mixture of gritty realism and sublime lyricism. (From feedbooks.com)
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Friedrich Nietzsche was a famous German philosopher and writer who is noted for believing that "God is dead." Arthur Schopenhauer, also a German philosopher, believed that man is not influenced by social morality but by his own will to live and survive. Both thinkers were realists who believed in the power of the individual. Below is a picture of Nietzsche, the more famous of the two. (This annotation contains an image)
You've probably noticed that the narrator is a character in the story, t felling it from the first person point of view. It seems the narrator is a literary writer of some sort as he speaks of an essay on Edgar Allan Poe that he just had published. Watch the video below for a quick review of the different types of point of view. Then think about the advantages and disadvantages of a first person narration. (This annotation contains a video)
A bell buoy has a warning bell that rings when the waves are rough. Notice the tone of the speaker, this red-faced man. He seems to know a lot about the sea, and is a little belligerent and annoyed at the narrator's ignorance of the situation. (This annotation contains an image)
This ferry is dangerously close to another boat which the characters can hear, but not see.
Our narrator is a thinker. What does the fog symbolize for him in this paragraph?
Another boat is headed straight for them.
The writer uses a great deal of figurative language. Figurative language is found in all types of writing. It helps readers understand things, events, and people in unique ways. It's important to be able to recognize the different types of figurative language. Watch this video for a review and see how many you already know. (This annotation contains a video)
The red-faced man, who has been talking to the narrator all this time, is unnamed at this point, but we do know a little about him. Based on what you've read so far, list three traits or qualities about this man.
This simile compares the survival instinct of ______ to ______.
The Martinez is the name of the ferry boat the narrator is on. It is now sinking after a steamboat rams into it in the dense fog. Our narrator has just jumped overboard and is shocked by the brutal cold of the water of the San Francisco Bay. All passengers overboard are in danger of hypothermia. (This annotation contains an image)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Read the brief description (the paragraph in bold print) of naturalism, a philosophy that Jack London often reflects in his novels. Explain how these highlighted sentences in the novel convey this philosophy.http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/timeline/naturalism.html
It is important to note that the narrator's life is accidentally saved. By sheer chance, the bored man on deck of this passing ship, who is just casually looking around, happens to glimpse the narrator floating below in the waves. This detail again supports Jack London's naturalistic perspective, showing again that man has no control over his own destiny but must merely survive in a hostile environment.
This may be a good time to glean a little background knowledge about the well-known author of this classic, Jack London. If you are interested in learning more, watch the brief biography below. Have you read any of his other famous novels? (This annotation contains a video)
What is happening to the narrator?
According to the narrator, the most predominant trait so far of the cook is his
So we know the narrator is rescued aboard a schooner named Ghost, and the ship is headed for Japan to hunt seal.
This is noteworthy. We haven't even met the captain, Wolf Larsen, yet based on what the cook and Johnson have conveyed to the narrator, he is a man to be _____________________.
Below is an illustration of the narrator being rescued aboard the Ghost. (This annotation contains an image)
Here London is trying to make a point about the type of strength this man who rescued him possesses. Which of the following phrases best defines this strength?
What happens to the man with the black beard?
We learn something about the narrator and about the captain, Wolf Larsen, from this event. First of all, our narrator, who still remains unnamed for us, is not used to the harshness and brutality of life like what is present on this ship. He is also "shocked" and "repelled" at cursing. The captain, however, seems to be exactly the opposite. He embodies savage strength and not only does not show sympathy in the face of death, but verbally attacks the man who dared die and leave him with one less man on deck.
Historically, seals have been hunted for their fur, their pelts, the oil from their fat, and for their flesh. Today only about five countries still hunt seal for commercial purposes. The United States completely bans the hunting of seals for commercial use. (This annotation contains an image)
Here the writer uses a great deal of alliteration in his description of the captain, Wolf Larsen. Provide three examples of alliteration from the highlighted text.
What is unique about the captain's eyes?
Why does the captain sneer?
Who is the "dead man" to whom the captain refers?
Use the Define feature on the word "metamorphosed." The root "morph" means shape or form. Which of the following sentences does not contain a "morph" word with this meaning?
Okay. So we finally know the full name of our narrator is Humphrey Van Weyden, and he is thirty-five years old.
So the narrator, Humphrey Van Weyden, is looking back on this experience and telling us the story. The time period of these events is around the turn of the twentieth century. The setting is off the coast of California, in the Pacific Ocean.
Based on the context, what is a "sou'-easter"?
Read the following notes about Naturalism in literature.In Naturalism, an individual is powerless over his environment and over the forces of nature; his fate is determined by his environment and heredity. Morality and free will have no impact on what happens to him. Characters in this genre are often crushed by outside forces beyond their control. Writers of Naturalism view human beings as creatures who are acted upon by nature.Type one sentence from the final paragraph in this chapter that exemplifies the philosophy of Naturalism.
Which of the following sentences from the paragraph does not convey the philosophy of Naturalism?
"Hump" is, of course, short for Humphrey, the narrator's first name. Below is a picture of a "poop" on a ship where the captain first calls the narrator Hump. A poop deck is an elevated deck on a ship. (This annotation contains an image)
Notice how the narrator is changing. This experience is making him tougher and stronger. He is, in essence, a product of his environment.
According to the narrator, the hunters aboard try to win arguments by _______________.
List three things you learn about the narrator from this page.
In the metaphor in this sentence, what are the "moving mountains and foaming valleys"?
This last sentence has great style and shows what a craftsman London really is.
Bill Sykes is the villain from Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. Sykes' dog, Bullseye, is always at his side. Mentioning Bill Sykes is an allusion. An allusion is a reference that the writer expects the reader to recognize. Watch the video below for a further explanation of how allusions are used in writing. (This annotation contains a video)
Remember, according to the philosophy of Naturalism, men are nothing more than creatures who must fight to survive. Morality has no place in this existence.
Here is an illustration of The Ghost. (This annotation contains an image)
Notice how Hump is treated like an animal.
Explain why these particular books would appeal to Hump. Then explain the irony of Wolf Larsen owning these books. (Remember, irony is when something is opposite of what you would expect.)
Here the writer shows the darkness of Larsen's soul by using what type of figurative language?
This speech by Larsen is directly connected to Darwin's theory of natural selection and "survival of the fittest." Click on the link in blue below and read the first paragraph in bold to understand this theory. Then read Larsen's words again and see how closely they echo the same belief. (This annotation contains a link)
Larsen is comparing the classes and levels in society to the animal food chain. Predators, who Larsen considers the government and upper class to be, are at the top of the food chain. Below them are prey, like the men working on deck. (This annotation contains an image)
It is important to note Johnson's feelings about the captain and his regret in signing on for this trip, because these details further characterize Wolf Larsen.
Type the sentence from this paragraph that best reflects the philosophy of man's insignificance against the forces of nature.
London is creating tension for the reader by relaying through the narrator how all the sailors and hunters claim that being on this ship is everyone's misfortune. And now, Louis, an expert boat-steerer, calls the Ghost a hell-ship and calls Larsen a devil.
The phrase "great big beast" is another reference to the Devil from the Bible in the Book of Revelation.
Louis is telling stories about the seal hunters on board. What happened to Smoke's mate, according to Louis's story?
According to Louis, why will Wolf Larsen eventually "break" Johnson or come to blows with him?
Based on the context, choose the best translation of the highlighted sentence.
Harrison, who has never been at sea before, is climbing along the ropes of the sails in rough seas. (This annotation contains an image)
Remember, a chief belief in Naturalism is that man is but a product and victim of his environment. Hump is aware that he may become more callous and primitive from this experience.
What were Louis and Johnson probably arguing about?
Notice that Hump, the narrator, and Wolf Larsen, keep getting into these philosophical discussions. They seem to have completely opposite perspectives on life and its meaning.
So, according to Wolf Larsen, why is life so cheap?
What does Larsen use as proof that life is cheap and without value?
Larsen believes life only has value to whom?
Writers use imagery often when describing the setting. Here, through the use of language that appeals to our senses, the writer describes the beauty of the sea through Hump's perception. List five words from this paragraph that are examples of imagery.
If you asked Wolf Larsen why man is sometimes happy and in awe of "the joy of life," which of the following would he probably answer?
This is a card game also called Napoleon. It is often played with wagers and bets.
Keep in mind, according to Naturalism, each of us is a victim of our heredity. Harp was born into a wealthy family and so grows up as a gentlemen. Apparently, Mugridge was born into a low, poor class family and has worked for others all his life, but he longs to belong to a higher social class. Here he is trying to suggest to the captain that his birth was mysterious and he may in fact be of nobler birth. In some ways, it is sad.
Do you remember what Wolf Larsen asked Hump when Hump told him about the cook stealing his money? Make a prediction about what is happening here.
Remember, Hump told us how Wolf Larsen loves to analyze those around him to see how he can manipulate them.
In other words, Wolf Larsen won from the cook exactly what the cook stole from Hump.
So, in a way, Wolf Larsen is like the cook. He at one time wished he was born into a different social class.
This is a twisted perception of Darwin's "survival of the fittest."
Ayn Rand, author of such classics as Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead, also held fast to the theory that man's only happiness should be to serve himself. Altruism, she felt, was a tool religions and governments use to get men to feel guilt about not helping others. (This annotation contains an image)
Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher who believed strongly in evolution. (This annotation contains an image)
This is a reference to a famous poem by Robert Browning written about a character, Caliban, from the play by Shakespeare, The Tempest in which Caliban thinks about the barbaric god he believes in, Setebos. What literary device is this an example of?
Again, Wolf is using Hump, just like he earlier used Mugridge, the cook.
In the extended metaphor on this page, Louis warns Hump to be careful, comparing Wolf Larsen to a ________________.
What two animals does Hump describe Wolf Larsen as being like on this page?
Now Thomas Mugridge is threatening Hump with a ______________.
Wolf Larsen is mocking Hump because he's afraid of the cook. The captain doesn't understand why Hump is afraid to die if he's so sure of his faith in God and an afterlife.
This is an allusion to a poem by Rudyard Kipling, "Tomlinson." In this narrative poem, a man named Tomlinson dies and cannot go to heaven because he never really did anything good, but is also turned away from hell by the Devil himself because he really never did anything evil. In fact, Lucifer finds him a pitiful soul.
Wolf Larsen doesn't believe in God, so when he is really down, he can't even pray.
Wolf Larsen, in other words, does not do any wrong simply because he doesn't believe in right or wrong. He believes in living for survival's sake and for the moment. Look again at the book's illustration of Larsen. He has not been drawn to show wickedness or evil. (This annotation contains an image)
According to this paragraph, why hasn't Wolf achieved something more than captain on a seal hunting schooner?
Purple often symbolizes royalty. Hump is saying that there have been those born as slaves who overcame their obstacles and became kings or other rulers.
In your own words, explain why Wolf Larsen feels he's wasted his time learning to read, write, and philosophize.
Sailors at sea are unable to eat fresh vegetables and fruits because they spoil. The lack of vitamins would cause sailors to suffer from scurvy which often resulted in boils on their skin.
Omar Khayyam was a Persian poet. Many of his poems were translated by Edward Fitzgerald in what he titled Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Wolf Larsen, who we know was self-educated, has never heard of these verses and Hump and Wolf evidently spend quite a few days reading them together. (This annotation contains an image)
Wolf Larsen is strangling Hump in order to prove his point that no matter what your faith in God or the afterlife may be, all living things will fight to stay alive.
The men who will ride the boats and hunt the seals will wear these "oilskin suits" to keep themselves somewhat dry. (This annotation contains an image)
Wolf calls the qualities of "righteousness" and "honesty" human fictions. He does this because he doesn't believe in them himself, so to him they are not real. He certainly thinks that Johnson is foolish to be willing to die for these things.
In this fight between Johnson and Wolf Larsen, Larsen represents savagery and Johnson represents_________________.
Do you think Johnson has just disproved Wolf's theory about living things? After all, Johnson is fighting on, willing to lose his life, for principles like honesty and character. Use details from the story in your explanation.
Why is Leach so angry with Wolf Larsen?
Surely you've noticed all of the animal imagery and references throughout these events. In keeping with the theory of Naturalism, man is primitive and animal like in his desire to fulfill his physical needs and to survive. London continually conveys this belief throughout this story.
If we asked the narrator, Hump, who would he say got what he deserved in this chapter?
Despite the sheltered life he led before, Hump is becoming more and more like the men he is traveling with.
Which of the following principles of Naturalism do these sentences most support?
The way Thomas Mugridge talks reflects the vernacular and dialect of the working class in the streets of London during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
According to Louis, who is "She"?
So why are the men aboard the Ghost so wanton and savage according to Hump?
This may be somewhat like the sailors' bunks aboard the Ghost. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain what you think Wolf Larsen is doing. Why would taking a man's pulse tell him anything?
What is it called when sailors try to overtake the captain of a ship?
Of course, we can imagine how horrible and swift the punishment of these men will be for their failed attempt at mutiny.
Based on context, which is the best interpretation of the phrase, "unless one of us peaches"?
Explain why the sailors believe Leach and Johnson will get the worst punishment. Be sure to use details from the story.
This isn't the first time the narrator has remarked on the "beauty" of Wolf Larsen's manliness. Physically, he seems to be a the perfect specimen of a man. Again, the illustration in this book helps us visualize that beauty. (This annotation contains an image)
Think about why Jack London would create his villain "almost god-like." In most stories, the villain is described as harsh, coarse, or unattractive in some way.
Which quote from the highlighted paragraphs best reflects Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest"?
Hump may feel that his soul will be damned if he accepts any leadership role on this ship.
"Fore and aft" means from the front of the boat to the back, or from "bow to stern." In other words, Wolf means that from here on out, wherever the other sailors run into Hump, he is their superior as mate and they must address him as Mr. Van Weyden.
Here, Wolf Larsen is referencing his own insulting comments to Hump when he first met him. Remember, he claimed Hump walked "on his father's legs" because he knew Hump has inherited both his money and his position in society, rather than earning it on his own. He also mockingly promised that sailing on the Ghost may "cripple" those legs, but it might make a man out of him. Do you think Wolf was right?
Hump swears he hears Leach ____________ at the sight of Wolf Larsen.
Wolf explains to Hump that Leach is living "deep and high," and "more royally than any man...though he doesn't know it." Wolf believes Leach has him to thank for it. Why?
In your own words, explain what Leach is saying to Hump in this paragraph.
What is it that Hump desires to be done "quick" or with "despatch"?
The Ghost catches up with a herd of seals, migrating north to the Bering Sea. Now they hunt and kill many seals, keeping the skins and salting them so they won't spoil, and throwing the rest to the sharks. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Hump want to prove to Wolf Larsen?
There is a storm that may be coming. Wolf is worried that they may lose men if the storm comes too quickly for all of the boats to return to the Ghost.
You've heard of the expression, "The calm before the storm," haven't you?
Wolf Larsen is the kind of man who likes to live dangerously. When his life is in danger, he seems to truly come to life. Think of what a modern Wolf Larsen might do in today's world?
Several times throughout this novel, Hump has referred to Wolf Larsen as a devil. Now he compares him to what?
What is the "black speck" Hump sees?
It's during events like this when first person narration can be so exciting to read. The wave is directly falling on top of our narrator and the suspense and tension is palpable. (This annotation contains an image)
Our protagonist wants desperately to please our antagonist. That's different. Does Wolf Larsen somehow bring out the best in Hump?
So Wolf did not turn the Ghost to give up on the men after all. He turned the Ghost into the wind so they had a better chance of rescuing the men.
The Ghost is nearly on her side! (This annotation contains an image)
Explain what this means. In what state are the second boat and its men?
Hard-tack is dried biscuit (or cracker) made with flour, water, and salt. Commonly used during the Civil War among the soldiers, it was also a staple of most voyages on sea. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Leach asks Hump how far they are off the coast?
London is a skilled writer. He uses four different types of figurative language in this sentence. What are they?
Yokohama is a large city on the coast of Japan. (This annotation contains an image)
Maud Brewster expects the captain of this ship to take her and the others from the boat to Yokohama, the closest land. Hump knows all too well that Wolf Larsen will not likely do that. Larsen doesn't do anything for the sake of others unless it benefits himself.
Why does Wolf like Hump more now?
Do you think Wolf has tricked Hump somehow?
Both Hump and Louis are worried that Wolf may do something terrible to Maud Brewster. Louis, quite frankly, assures Hump he will not risk his own neck to stand up for her. He tells Hump that if he did nothing to stand up for Johnson (a sailor who most agreed was a good, honest man), then certainly he wouldn't stand up for someone he doesn't even know.
Remember, she takes it for granted that Wolf will immediately take her and the other men from the shipwrecked boat to nearest land.
Wolf means that Hump Van Weyden cares about what is morally right, meaning someone who always considers what is the right or decent thing to do before he acts. Whereas Wolf only does what suits him.
Female readers, put yourself in Maud Brewster's shoes for a moment. You are on a ship with only rough, rowdy men. You have nothing with you but the clothes you are wearing, which you have been wearing already for several days. How upset would you be to be told you must stay aboard for another few months?
List three details that Maud Brewster has in common with Hump Van Weyden when he was first brought aboard the Ghost.
Based on the context of the last two pages, you can infer that Maud Brewster is a ______________.
Both Maud and Hump realize that they have known each other professionally, by name only, in their lives back "on land."
This sentence implies a comparison between Thomas Mugridge and a ____________.
Always the naturalist, London continues juxtaposing animal images and his characters. How does Thomas seem animal-like in this scene?
What two men is she referring to here?
It is important to keep in mind that two very morally strong characters, Leach and Johnson, who would not cower to the evils of Wolf Larsen, ended up dying because of him. What message might Jack London be suggesting?
Hump and Maud have quickly changed the subject when they see Wolf approaching, and pretend they are talking about a writer.
The images and language used in this first section create a mood that is
What words in this sentence depict how fragile Maud is compared to the harsh environment she finds herself in?
Below is an example of Dresden china to which Hump compares Maud. (This annotation contains an image)
This is interesting and hopefully you picked up on it before the narrator remarks on it here. Maud Brewster seems to be the epitome of femininity and Wolf Larsen is the epitome of masculinity. And yet, as Hump explains, they represent the "extreme ends of the human ladder of evolution." He is as primitive and savage as man ever was, and she shows the highest sense of morality and civility.
Why are Wolf's eyes "flooded with a glowing radiance," and why does that frighten Maud?
What is Hump suddenly worried about?
Remember, Charley Furuseth is one of Hump's closest friends back home.
This is a reference to the famous poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning whose husband was poet Robert Browning. The two poets often wrote letters and poetry about their feelings for one another.
Wolf does not want the hunters to eat in the same room as Maud Brewster.
This fleet is not allowed to hunt in the Bering Sea.
Wolf Larsen's brother, Death Larsen, is captain of the schooner the Macedonia.
Maud claims the hunters are mad because what the Macedonia does is unfair, moving in on their hunt. Wolf claims they are mad for a much simpler reason. What is it?
What do you think the hunters of the Ghost have in mind?
Not only is this a simile, but it's also another type of figurative language too. Click on the link below to see a picture of David and Goliath and then choose which type of figurative language the phrase represents.http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs37/i/2013/223/9/3/david_vs__goliath_by_marianodavidotero-d1na314.jpg
This means that Wolf Larsen wants Maud for what?
A fog bank will conceal the ship that sails into it. (This annotation contains an image)
Pannikins are metal cups that were often used on board ships. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature on the word "Circe." To what area of culture or body of literature does this allusion refer?
Which of the following lines from the text does not show that Wolf is attracted to Maud Brewster?
John Milton, a famous poet, wrote Paradise Lost, an epic poem that retells the Fall of Man when Adam and Eve are cast from the Garden of Eden. Lucifer, or Satan, is the main character of Milton's poem.
Taine was a French philosopher who believed in Naturalism and felt that all literature was a product of the writer's experience and place in the world. (This annotation contains an image)
What feeling does Wolf have for Lucifer?
Could this have something to do with Wolf's recurring headaches? Have you wondered what causes those? A good reader probably has noticed that the writer intermittently mentioned these headaches and it must be for a reason. Hopefully, you had that detail filed away too.
The slop-chest, remember, is like a store of goods where the sailors can purchase things they need during the voyage. The payment for items is taken out of their cut or percentage of the hunt.
Here London achieves an eerie, solemn tone. List five words from this paragraph that create that tone.
What else is out there that may mean danger for Hump and Maud?
Here this word means to "primp" her hair and perhaps wash her face, straighten her clothes, and do whatever to make herself more presentable and ready for the day.
Yes, that's right. They are eating canned tongue, which used to be quite popular, especially in England. There are several varieties: calf tongue, lamb tongue, ox tongue. But it's meat and it's protein, so we must assume it's okay to eat. Yuck! (This annotation contains an image)
This refers here to the shape of the sail. If you look at the picture below, it means the sail is fully stretched out. (This annotation contains an image)
Hump discovers a paradox within his feelings. Use the Define feature on this word, and then read this final paragraph again. In your own words, explain what is Hump's paradox.
This sentence conveys which of the following themes?
The highlighted paragraph further supports which of the following themes?
What is Hump probably seeing here?
Maud is referring to the literary character Robinson Crusoe who famously survived many years on an island. What is this literary device called?
Watch this scene from the movie Castaway. After many, many failed attempts, some cursing, and some injury, Tom Hank's character finally is able to make fire. (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer Maud is feeling here?
According to Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who gave man the gift of fire, thus allowing man to prosper. Zeus later punished him for it. Mythology is one of the most frequently alluded to bodies of literature. (This annotation contains an image)
Male elephant seals are called bulls. (This annotation contains an image)
This is important. Hump is finally articulating his near total transformation. He is a new man. He nearly died when the Martinez sunk, was rescued and "born again" a new man, chiseled and hardened by Wolf Larsen and life aboard the Ghost. Thus we have an important theme of rebirth.
Here Hump stacks stones for the hut while Maud gathers wood and moss. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think there is an important difference in shooting or clubbing a seal?Explain your answer.
Below is a picture of a long-maned sea bull. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following groups of words from this paragraph reveals the theme of survival and man as a primordial being?
Here again the theme of man's instinct and innate skills of survival come through as Hump feels connected to his ancient ancestors who had to hunt and kill to live. He also recognizes how much Wolf Larsen has taught him. Is Larsen Hump's antagonist or his mentor?
Explain how setting at this point in the novel is impacting the characters. Would Hump have these same thoughts if he and Maud were still aboard the Ghost? Use details from the story in your answer.
This is how beef jerky is made: cutting thin strips of lean beef and smoking it to cure it and dry it out. (This annotation contains an image)
Click on the link and read Jack London's credo. (A credo is a statement of life philosophy). Explain how London's credo comes through in his novel The Sea Wolf.http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2013/03/JackLondonCredo500.jpg
Use the Define feature on the word "garrulously." Think about what London suggests the waves are doing. What type of figurative language is this?
Remember, Maud said she felt that something was "out there" for them; something was coming.
This means Death Larsen offered the hunters aboard the Ghost better pay, or rather a bigger percentage of the cut from the seal hunt, if they came aboard his boat.
Which of the following best summarizes the highlighted section?
So Wolf Larsen, who has suffered all along from debilitating headaches, is now weak and blind. What can you predict is wrong with him?
Do you remember learning about simple machines? A lever and a fulcrum is a simple machine. (This annotation contains an image)
Hump is using Wolf's own metaphor against him that life is _______________.
Hump has a good point. Wolf Larsen has never believed in right or wrong or the rights of others. For him, it has always been whoever is stronger wins. Now his philosophy is backfiring on him since his illness makes him weaker than Hump.
Why can't Wolf see what Hump is doing?
Why do you believe London goes into so much technical detail about Hump fixing the schooner? Why not just write, "After many hours, Hump and Maud managed to repair the sails and prepare the Ghost for sea"?
Remember, Wolf Larsen's wish is to remain on this island to die.
Just to be sure you realize what has happened: Hump and Maud loaded the heavy masts from one side of the island and began to row them back to the Ghost. But the wind was working against them and the heaviness of the boat made it impossible to row back. Instead, they were being carried out to sea. Hump wanted to cast off the mast so they could return to the island in the boat before it drifted away, but Maud knew that would end any chance of ever sailing the Ghost back home. Hump gave in and they spent the night drifting away from the island. In the morning they wake and can barely see the island about fifteen miles away.
Which of the following words best describes Hump during these last days of trying to repair the Ghost?
In this metaphor Maud's hair is compared to ______________.
Although it can only be confirmed by medical tests, it is very likely that Wolf Larsen is suffering from a brain tumor. He has all the symptoms: severe and recurrent headaches, dizziness, blindness, and now paralysis.
Even though Wolf is dying, he and Hump are still having the same basic disagreement. Hump insists we are here because of some divine, higher moral purpose that drives us to do right. Wolf Larsen believes just the opposite. We are here, according to his beliefs, because we were born into a harsh, cruel world and our only purpose is to survive. When we die, he feels, we have no purpose left.
Do you think Wolf will soften somehow before he dies and apologize to Hump and perhaps admit that he has hope in the existence of an afterlife? Watch this video on characters. Pay special attention to the difference between dynamic and static characters. Then decide which characters from this novel are dynamic and which are static. (This annotation contains a video)
As disabled as he has become, Wolf Larsen is still bent on destroying Hump to show he is stronger.
This final paragraph creates what kind of tone?
This means that Wolf Larsen will never accept the concept of the soul.
It is frustrating that Hump and Maud are so hesitant and slow in expressing their feelings for each other.
What do you think is happening?
Explain why you think Jack London chose to have Hump and Maud rescued right after Wolf's burial.
When Maud tells Hump, "There is no need, though the telling of it would be sweet, so sweet," we can infer which of the following?