The Sea-Wolf Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Hump.

Hump is an educated, wealthy, refined and impractical. He is a noted literary man published widely in prestigious magazines. He knows nothing about the sea and therefore enjoys the dense fog a seaman would find daunting.

2. Do you think Hump survival of the torrid conditions is realistic?

Hump survives being swept to sea after losing consciousness and Hump has spent at least several hours in the cold sea. Given his weak state, his survival is indeed incredible.

3. How does Hump take to the rest of the crew?

Hump is repulsed by the rough appearance of the other crew members and is shocked by their lack of decorum when they toss the mate's body into the waters. However, Hump is mostly concerned with Larsen's steely gaze and immense physicality.

4. How does Mugridge's attitude change towards Hump?

The change in Mugridge's behavior is remarkable. As the cabin boy, Hump is merely a dog to be kicked and a slave to be commanded. Instead of his prior courteous compliments, Mugridge issues a constant stream of abuse.

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