Canvas and Steam: Historical Conflict in Jack London's Sea-Wolf

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Date: Spring 1999
From: The Midwest Quarterly(Vol. 40, Issue 3)
Publisher: Pittsburg State University - Midwest Quarterly
Document Type: Article
Length: 3,286 words

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Jack London's 'Sea-Wolf' dramatizes the historical conflict between sailing vessels and steamships. Wolf Larsen's schooner Ghost is pitted against the steamship Macedonia captained by Larsen's brother Death. This contest appears to be a minor part of the narrative but it suggests the novel's deeper themes. Although the conflict between Wolf's Social Darwinism and Humphrey Van Weyden's idealism appears to be a primary concern, the novel suggests that both are being eclipsed by the coming steam age with its emphasis on rational thought and mechanical ability.

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