The Sea-Wolf

by

Jack London

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Johnson Character Analysis

Johnson is a sailor on Wolf Larsen’s vessel, the Ghost. Unlike Johansen, Johnson is not loyal to Wolf and even attempts a mutiny with George Leach. Though Wolf does not immediately kill Johnson and Leach after the mutiny, he eventually leaves them behind to die at sea, illustrating the consequences of crossing Wolf Larsen.

Johnson Quotes in The Sea-Wolf

The The Sea-Wolf quotes below are all either spoken by Johnson or refer to Johnson. 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:
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Chapter 12 Quotes

The last twenty-four hours have witnessed a carnival of brutality. From cabin to forecastle it seems to have broken out like a contagion.

Page Number: 72
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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
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 18 Quotes

She seemed to me like a being from another world. I was aware of a hungry out-reaching for her, as of a starving man for bread. But then, I had not seen a woman for a very long time. I know that I was lost in a great wonder, almost a stupor,—this, then, was a woman?—so that I forgot myself and my mate’s duties, and took no part in helping the new-comers aboard.

Page Number: 116
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“I was not thinking of taking them aboard when I made that promise,” he answered. “And anyway, you’ll agree I’ve not laid my hands upon them.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden , Johnson, George Leach
Page Number: 124
Explanation and Analysis:
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Johnson Character Timeline in The Sea-Wolf

The timeline below shows where the character Johnson appears in The Sea-Wolf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Two men are kneeling over the narrator. One is a Scandinavian-looking man named Johnson (called “Yonson” by the other man), who has been rubbing the narrator’s chest to revive... (full context)
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Johnson and the cook (whose name is Thomas Mugridge) give the narrator new clothes that smell... (full context)
Chapter 12
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...that has spread like a 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... (full context)
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Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Johnson is so bloody that he’s almost unrecognizable. The cabin boy Leach does what he can... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...is badly injured. Mugridge complains about how he never had any chance in life. Later, Johnson joins them, despite sustaining serious injuries from the earlier fight. Johnsen is meek around Wolf... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...asleep. Leach knows that he will be caught awake, so he leaps on Wolf Larsen; Johnson joins him. More sailors join the fight (some believing Wolf Larsen is actually Johansen), and ... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Leach, Johnson, and the other mutinying sailors wonder what to do next now that Wolf Larsen got... (full context)
Chapter 16
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After the failed mutiny, Johnson is melancholic but Leach holds on to some of his fury. Either would have killed... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...secret and asks him how far off the coast they are. Soon, after, a boat, Johnson, and Leach all disappear. (full context)
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Furious, Wolf Larsen chases after Leach and Johnson, who have escaped. They come upon a boat, and Van Weyden is so afraid of... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Materialism vs. Idealism Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Later, Wolf Larsen catches Leach and Johnson in their small escape boat. Van Weyden learns that the four men and Maud Brewster... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Maud Brewster accuses Van Weyden of standing by while two men (Leach and Johnson) were murdered (Wolf Larsen left them to drown.) Van Weyden asks what he should have... (full context)