Literary Analysis of Stories by Jack London

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Literary Analysis of stories by Jack London

For my author project on Jack London I read three of his books. I read The Sea Wolf, which is about the hardships of being out at sea. The Call of the Wild, Which is about a dog that is sent into the wild. White Fang, which is the opposite the call of the wild where a “wolf” becomes tame. They are all interesting books all by one well-known author.

For the first book I read I chose The Sea Wolf. The book is about a guy named Humphrey "Hump" Van Weyden. He is on a ferry that has a collision and he swept away at sea. He is picked up by a passing ship and the captain refuses to take him to shore. The cruel captain Wolf Larson counts Humphrey as one of his own. As the book goes on Hump begins to like the captain and they get along. That’s the book in a nutshell.

Jack London really is great at making characters he does an excellent job of it in this book. Humphrey is the narrator and the main protagonist in this book. He is in his mid-thirties and is a nerd. He spends most for his time reading and is not very physically active giving him the nickname “sissy”. Hump has never had to work a day in his life until he is aboard the ship which is what makes is such an interesting story.

The setting of this book never really changes he is mainly just aboard the ship. The name of the ship is “The Ghost”. It is a seal ship out on the Pacific Ocean. The setting does change though. At the beginning he is on a ferry but still in the Pacific. The conflicts of the story are really all about Hump adapting to a new environment. Hump is not used to working and when Larson makes him the cabin boy he has to work. Another conflict is when they recue a female poet who both Larson and Hump like. Then later Larson’s brother bribes his crew and they are set adrift without a crew. That is all for The Sea Wolf. The next book I read is White Fang. White Fang is about a half-wolf half-dog that is wild. Then the dog is tamed by the men...
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