The Sea-Wolf is a psychological adventure novel by American
novelist Jack London about a literary critic, survivor of an ocean
collision who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the
powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. The Sea Wolf tells
the story of a soft, domesticated protagonist, in this novel's case
an intellectual man named Humphrey van Weyden, forced to become
tough and self-reliant by exposure to cruelty and brutality. The
story starts with him aboard a San Francisco ferry which collides
with another ship in the fog and sinks. He is set adrift in the
Bay, eventually being picked up by Wolf Larsen. Larsen is Brutal
and cynical, yet also highly intelligent, he terrorizes his crew
with the aid of his great physical strength. Van Weyden adequately
describes him as an individualist, hedonist, and materialist.
Larsen does not believe in the immortality of the soul, he finds no
meaning in his life save for survival and pleasure and has come to
despise all human life and deny its value.
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