The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11 Summary

Hump and Larsen have further philosophical discussions on the nature and meaning of existence. Larsen begins to read the Bible and particularly focuses on Ecclesiastes, where he finds, as he feels it, a kindred philosophy to his own. Once again Larsen cloisters Hump in his cabin for many hours, and the two debate philosophy. At one point, Larsen argues that all living things must strive to live, even Christians who believe the immortal soul will travel to a superior place after death. To emphasize his point, he lunges at Hump and wraps one huge hand around his throat. While Larsen thus slowly strangles Hump, he delivers an impassioned monologue about the desire for life felt by all living things until Hump passes out. When Hump regains consciousness some time later, Larsen has regained his composure and acts as if nothing amiss has transpired.

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