The sea wolf
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He also claims he is envious of Miss Brewster's and van Weyden's faith, but later says it is only his mind, and he knows he is better off without it. Perhaps it is well that in this stage of his work Mr. Larsen later gets his vengeance by torturing his crew, and constantly claiming that he is going to murder Leach and Johnson at his earliest convenience, being the hunting season is done, as he can't afford to lose any crew. Despite this kindness, he continues his resistance, setting fire to the bunk's mattress above him. He spent his entire life at sea: cabin-boy at twelve, ship's boy at fourteen, seaman at sixteen, able seaman at seventeen. The plot has some initial similarities to Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling in that they each have an idle, rich young man rescued from the sea and shanghaied into becoming a working sailor; however, the two stories differ widely in plot and moral tone. Several, at least seven men, take part in the mutiny and attack Larsen. The ship appears to be deserted, so Leach goes below for provisions. Van Weyden has an ideology that is in sharp contrast to Larsen's. Both Wolf Larsen and van Weyden immediately feel attraction to her, due to her intelligence and "female delicacy".
Eventually, Leach, Webster, van Weyden, and another crewman escape on a dory. Most recently updated: February 23, He knows that he will eventually lose his sight permanently.
He grows stronger as the story progresses, physically through the manual labor, including his learning of the ship's workings and rivalry with ship's cook Thomas Mugridge and spiritually as he endures the various hardships, including his inconsistent relationship with Wolf Larsen.
This animalistic strength is representative of London's belief in Social Darwinism ; Wolf Larsen's body had adapted so that Larsen could best survive on the sea and among sailors.
Project Gutenberg believes the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, but until the issue is resolved, it will comply. He predicts that van Weyden's character will change as he accustoms himself to the non-civilized life among the crew, where no one has any value higher than his own personal gain.
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Van Weyden has a unique relationship with Wolf Larsen. He also claims he is envious of Miss Brewster's and van Weyden's faith, but later says it is only his mind, and he knows he is better off without it. They punish the cook by dropping him in the water and dragging him behind the ship as he holding onto a rope for dear life. Most recently updated: February 23, As a captive on Larsen's boat, she uses her intelligence to survive. When Larsen's brother catches up with him, the Ghost is attacked and it starts to sink. Larsen is determined to go down with the Ghost and take as many others with him as he can. He is surprised by Larsen and locked in a compartment.
Larsen later gets his vengeance by torturing his crew, and constantly claiming that he is going to murder Leach and Johnson at his earliest convenience, being the hunting season is done, as he can't afford to lose any crew. It may seem to indicate some youthfulness of handling to say that "Wolf Larsen" reads Browning and De Quincey in the intervals of maltreating or murdering his crew, and that he has many philosophic discussions with the stranger whom on occasion he tries to kill.
When Prescott Lockhartthe ship's drunken doctor, determines that the unconscious Webster needs a transfusion to survive, Larsen "volunteers" Leach Garfieldeven though there is no way to test if his blood is compatible.
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Van Weyden, Leach, and Webster sight the Ghost and, having no other choice, reboard her. He is very well read and impressively self-educated, but crude and brutish in his personal inclinations. The organizers of the mutiny are Leach and Johnson. It may seem to indicate some youthfulness of handling to say that "Wolf Larsen" reads Browning and De Quincey in the intervals of maltreating or murdering his crew, and that he has many philosophic discussions with the stranger whom on occasion he tries to kill. The word "Wolf" has the highest number of occurrences in the novel, appearing times. Brewster that causes the novel to change directions; van Weyden decides that Larsen is too dangerous and may harm Brewster. Background[ edit ] The personal character of the novel's antagonist "Wolf Larsen" was attributed to a real sailor London had known, Captain Alex MacLean. Plot[ edit ] Refined and literate fiction writer Humphrey van Weyden Knox and escaped convict Ruth Webster Lupino are passengers on a ferry that collides with another vessel and sinks. During this section, the Ghost picks up another set of castaways, including a poet named Maud Brewster. This rough apprenticeship on a seal-hunting schooner does, however, make a man of a mere literary man, and in the end he is able to accomplish labours that might almost be compared to those of Gilliatt on the rock. We should fear for his talent the tendency to overdraw and emphasise, though he has a sufficiency of natural force. Throughout the book, Larsen compliments van Weyden on his growth, eventually telling him he is proud of him, and calling him a real man, able to stand on his own legs rather than a "dead man's his father's " legs.
It is purely by chance that van Weyden and Miss Brewster meet Larsen again. The Ghost eventually crashes on the island, with Wolf Larsen the only crew member.
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