The Sea-Wolf

by

Jack London

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Johansen is a sailor on Wolf Larsen’s vessel, the Ghost. He is of Scandinavian heritage. When Humphrey Van Weyden joins the Ghost, the previous mate has just died, and Johansen has received a promotion to fill his role. Johansen remains loyal to Wolf Larsen until near the end, unlike Johnson, who attempts a mutiny with George Leach earlier in the book. Johansen represents how people can get ahead by going along with cruelty rather than trying to resist it.

Johansen Quotes in The Sea-Wolf

The The Sea-Wolf quotes below are all either spoken by Johansen or refer to Johansen. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Then Wolf Larsen’s other hand reached up and clutched the edge of the scuttle. The mass swung clear of the ladder, the men still clinging to their escaping foe. They began to drop off, to be brushed off against the sharp edge of the scuttle, to be knocked off by the legs which were now kicking powerfully.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen, Johnson, Johansen, George Leach
Page Number: 90
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Johansen Character Timeline in The Sea-Wolf

The timeline below shows where the character Johansen appears in The Sea-Wolf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
The next day, Van Weyden must move to a new cabin because the new mate Johansen talks in his sleep and Wolf Larsen can’t deal with it. Van Weyden finds that... (full context)
Chapter 6
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
One day, before supper, Johansen orders a newer recruit named Harrison to fix one of the sails by climbing up... (full context)
Chapter 12
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...disease. The violence comes to a head when the sailor Johnson (not the new mate Johansen) gets into a physical fight with Wolf Larsen. Wolf Larsen easily defeats Johnson, and the... (full context)
Chapter 13
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
...despite sustaining serious injuries from the earlier fight. Johnsen is meek around Wolf Larsen and Johansen, but Leach remains defiant. (full context)
Chapter 14
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Van Weyden wonders about the mothers of all the men on the Ghost. Johansen claims that he hasn’t written to his mother in 10 years, and that she must... (full context)
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...over with a head wound and blood on his cheek. Wolf Larsen is looking for Johansen. (full context)
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...Larsen; Johnson joins him. More sailors join the fight (some believing Wolf Larsen is actually Johansen), and  the scene becomes a mutiny. Somehow, Wolf Larsen manages to escape his attackers. (full context)