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The American Dream in Ragged Dick, by Horatio Alger - According to Ty Kiisel, writer for Forbes magazine, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” (Kiisel). In the book Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Alger portrays a young New York boot black in the 1860s. Dick rises to become the embodiment of the American Dream through, as Kiisel notes, who he knows. Ragged Dick builds many relationships with upper-class men, fellow boot blacks, and even builds connections within himself, all while keeping his morality in check. The relationships that Ragged Dick forms are what make him achieve the American Dream....   [tags: Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger]
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A Close Reading of Ragged Dick - A Close Reading of Ragged Dick There were no houses of good appearance near it, buildings being limited mainly to rude temporary huts used by workmen who were employed in improving it. The time will undoubtedly come when the Park will be surrounded by elegant residences, and compare favorably in this respect with the most attractive city in the world. But at the time when Frank and Dick visited it, not much could be said in favor of either the Park or its neighborhood. "If this is Central Park," said Frank, who naturally felt disappointed, "I don't think much of it....   [tags: Ragged Dick Essays] 424 words
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Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger - Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger Ragged Dick is a novel written in the 1800’s by Horatio Alger. It is a story about a young boy named Richard Hunter, also known as Ragged Dick, as he progresses though his childhood. Ragged Dick is a typical Rags to Riches story where Dick struggles through the hardships of city life, trying to achieve the “American Dream”. As a child, Dick is nothing more than a poor city boy who is trying to earn money on the streets of New York City. He spends his time shining shoes for working men, making only about ten cents a pair....   [tags: Ragged Dick Horatio Alger] 657 words
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Ragged Dick, by Hoatio Alger - Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in life. No one looks at race or anything of that nature just solely on merit and no matter where you come from or what you go through you have the same opportunity as the next person. Merit is the quality of being particularly good or worth especially so as to deserve praise or reward. Well, this is the message that Horatio Alger gives to his readers that some people feel as though it’s a myth as oppose to others thinking it’s great guidelines or a great blueprint to success....   [tags: Argumentative, Dalton] 1517 words
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Ragged Dick by Horation Alger Jr. - Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Jr. Ragged Dick is a picture perfect story of what the American dream is to be thought as. Here you have a boy who has lost both parents, he has no one. He shines shoes just to be able to feed himself and he rises to a higher class with tough work and good character. There may have been a little luck every so often, but that is what the American dream is too. Ragged Dick is almost like a guide to raise your social class rank. Not so much a step-by-step manual, but more of a how to....   [tags: novel analysis] 641 words
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Imagery in Ragged Dick - Imagery in Ragged Dick Imagery plays a big part in the success of a novel. Different writers have different styles. The good thing about imagery is it makes room for the reader to put things together. The reader is allowed to interpret the story the way that they like. "Ragged Dick", Horatio Alger, Jr. did a great thing with imagery. While reading the novel readers had a change to envision many things that were mentioned in each chapter. Algar interconnected the appearances of the main character to his living arrangement....   [tags: essays papers] 1324 words
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Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks - ... Dick states that by going to the theatre he could, “see the bearded lady, the eight-foot giant, the two-foot dwarf, and other curiosities, too numerous to mention.”# Another aspect of this book that I found to be accurate in select individuals lives throughout this era was the rags to riches aspect of the book. As we learned from several of the characters throughout this book such as Mr. Whitney and even Dick himself at the end of the novel, hard work, ambition, and character throughout this era led to some tremendous success stories....   [tags: Horatio Alger, story analysis]
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Comparing Success in Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick and the Life of Colin Powell - Success in Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick and the Life of Colin Powell What does success mean to you. I think the idea of success is affected by the social system. In America and Hong Kong, which are capitalistic societies affected by the American Dream, success means money and fame. In other societies, success might have different meanings. Some people said money and fame is the true meaning of success, but I think that the true meaning of success is to follow the interest of your own and being good at it, but not money and fame....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1053 words
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The Occult in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains - The Occult in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains In his collection of criticism on Poe's stories, Thompson discusses the use of the occult in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains." He begins the article by explaining that this story might be the product of Poe's "fascination with, but detached attitudes toward, the pseudoscientific occultism of his age." He gives us some technical terms for the techniques that Poe uses in this story: "metempsychosis" is the transmigration of souls, and is the word that surfaces frequently throughout this discussion of "Ragged Mountains." First Thompson discusses the idea that Poe set up the tale in a very specific way; as he puts it, "Poe himself wove a web...   [tags: Ragged] 586 words
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The Importance of Landscape in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains - The Importance of Landscape in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains In his article, Philippon begins by discussing the importance that the landscape plays in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains." First, he quotes William Carlos Williams as saying that Poe was "intimately shaped by his locality and time," although he tends to focus on the "soul" of his surroundings, rather than the physical aspects. Philippon then goes on to say that he believes that Poe does, in fact, use the physical landscape in this particular story in order to highlight the differences between the make-believe environment of the Indian landscape of the story and that of the Ragged Mountains....   [tags: A Tale of the Ragged Mountains] 696 words
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Influence of William Shakespeare on Melville’s Moby-Dick - In 1820 in the Edinburgh Review Sidney Smith said: “In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?” (par. 4). That was the conventional idea concerning American Literature to the conservative British writers. But Melville proved this assumption of the British writers wrong not by arguing with them but by producing a huge work which in its quality is comparable to Shakespearean great tragedies. Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick consists of thousands of references, but specially references of Shakespeare are in abundance in this book....   [tags: Moby-Dick]
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Biblical Allusions in Melville's Moby Dick - In The Town-Ho’s Story, Melville uses many different types of figurative devices to describe the relationship between Steelkilt and Radney. Radney is known and described as the inferior, yet higher ranked, mate, while Steelkilt is described as the more respectable, but lower ranked mate. Melville faintly, yet noticeably relates Moby Dick as a God and Steelkilt as Jesus. Such clever biblical allusions accurately describe Moby Dick and Steelkilt and although Melville does not give any biblical significance to Radney, the readers can still clearly visualize Radney’s character....   [tags: Biblical Allusions, Melville, Moby Dick,] 689 words
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Melville's Moby Dick: Comparing the Missions of Ahab and Ishmael - Herman Melville began working on this novel Moby Dick in 1850. In this book Melville challenges the relationship man have with his universe, his fate, and his God. Ahab represents a human being made up of evil, when he decides to questions God fate, and goes against God when he tries to strike Moby Dick the whale. The whale in this novel represents God. Moby-Dick, can teach you many things if you can remain focused long enough. However, the most important lesson that can be learned from the work is not that hard to understand....   [tags: Moby Dick, compare] 1654 words
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Homeward Bound in Moby Dick, by Herman Melville - Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is believed by some to be the greatest literary works of all time. The book takes place in the 1840s and seems greatly advanced for its time. Herman Melville uses many literary techniques that bring about severe imagery as well as insight and education to the readers. One concept that is conveyed in Moby Dick is the journey itself. This is broken into the physical journey, the spiritual journey, and life’s journey. The physical journey of Moby Dick is depicted by the information gained of the labor intensive actions performed on the Pequod as well as other whaling ships....   [tags: Moby Dick, Herman Melville]
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Slow Suicide in Melville´s Moby Dick - As man is bound to his subjective perception, inhibited from comprehending the essence of things, he is forced to apply personal, extraneous meaning to them or find himself devoid of it altogether. Loftiness of such application is the nature of romanticism, and such is the nature of Melville’s Moby Dick. The sea becomes vogue, limbo for the reticent felo-de-se; the untraversed, the nebulous, even the numinous. The Pequod assumes the role of a nation of men—30 men for 30 states is explicit enough—doomed by the mad will of him in power....   [tags: sea, whiteness, moby dick, natural] 1433 words
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Ahab as the Hero of Moby Dick - Ahab as the Hero of Moby Dick     One might think it a difficult task to find a tragic hero hidden in the pages of Moby Dick. Yet, there is certainly potential for viewing Ahab as heroic despite unfavorable responses to him by the reader. In the original formula coming from the Greeks, the tragic hero had to be a high-born individual of elevated status possessed of a fatal flaw which resulted in their downfall. With Othello Shakespeare redefined elevated status to include position alone rather than being linked to societal or birth status....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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The Quest for Meaning in Moby Dick - The Quest for Meaning in Moby Dick "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it" states the narrating character Ishmael as he attempts to justify his reasoning on writing such a lengthy novel. Indeed, the whale may be the most complex and grandiose mammal on earth, yet one may still question the ulterior motive of Melville for explicating every detail of a whaling journey in Moby Dick....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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The Innumerable Meanings of Moby Dick - The Innumerable Meanings of Moby Dick Call me Ishmael. The first line of this story begins with an assertion of self-identity. Before the second page is reached, it becomes quite clear to me that within this assertion of self-identity lay an enticing universality. Ishmael represents every man somehow and no man entirely. He is an individual in his own right, while personifying a basic human desire for something more, something extraordinary. As his name implies, "he is an outcast from a great family" (p.18)....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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The Duality of Man in Moby Dick - The Duality of Man in Moby Dick In Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, every character is a symbol of the good and evil sides of humanity.  However, none of the characters represent pure evil or pure goodness.  Even Melville’s description of Ahab, whom he repeatedly refers to monomaniacal, which suggests he is driven insane by one goal, is given a chance to be seen as a frail, sympathetic character.  Ishmael represents the character with the most good out of the crew, though his survival is unclear because he never had a direct adversary to overcome.  He has his moments when evil thoughts pervade his mind.  The unclearness of morals in the universe is prevalent throughout Herman...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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The Hypocrisy of Religion in Moby Dick - The Hypocrisy of Religion in Moby Dick Stubb decides to give Old Fleece a lecture on religion after waking him to complain about his overcooked whale steak. Not only does Stubb ask Fleece to "preach" to the sharks who are making a considerable din eating the dead whale chained to the ship, but he compares Fleece's inability to "correctly" cook a whale steak to Fleece's un-Christian ways. This passage is an excellent example of the theme of the hypocrisy of religion in Moby Dick. Before Stubb calls on Fleece, Ishmael compares the actions of the shark to the actions of man....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 1418 words
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Metamorphosis of Ishmael in Moby Dick - Metamorphosis of Ishmael in Moby Dick   In Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ishmael undergoes drastic changes in his personality and in the way he views life. Ishmael learns to accept people who are different and learns how to get along with people he never would of on land because of the way they look. On land, the world's affairs are important but by taking a voyage on the Pequod, Ishmael learns to block out the importance of these affairs and free himself from the restraints put on him by society on land....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 993 words
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Transformation and Mixture in Moby-Dick - Classroom discussions of Moby-Dick often result in a heightened awareness of Melville’s depictions of duality in nature; for example, the contrasting sky and sea respectively represent heaven and hell and the foul-smelling whale in Chapter 92 produces a fragrant and valuable substance called ambergris. But interpreting Melville’s Moby-Dick only as an exercise in duality limits the scope of this complex novel. Melville’s contemporary, Margaret Fuller, also seems aware of the confining notion of duality and states in Woman in the Nineteenth Century: Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism....   [tags: Moby Dick Melville] 1331 words
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Metaphysical Ideologies in Moby Dick - Metaphysical Ideologies in Moby Dick At first glance, Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, appears to be the story of a man, his captain, and the whale that they quest to destroy.  But a closer look reveals the author’s intense look at several metaphysical ideologies.  He explores some of the most ponderous quandaries of his time, among these being the existence of evil, knowledge of the self and the existential, and the possibility of a determined fate.  All of these were questions which philosophers had dealt with and written about, but Melville took it to a new level: not only writing about these things, but also doing so in a lovely poetic language backed by a tale packed with intrigue...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Homosexuality in Melville's, Moby Dick - Homosexuality in Melville's, Moby Dick Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is fraught with sexual imagery. The elaborate descriptions with which the author establishes his indulgent style of writing aptly reflect the often indulgent behaviors of the characters. Melville's choice of words is loaded with sensuality. This is most noticeable in the relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg. The evolution of their relationship throughout the text associates homosexuality with negative consequences. As the book progresses their interactions become increasingly more erotic....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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The Surprising Moby Dick - The Surprising Moby Dick Moby Dick was not the novel I expected. I was under the impression that it would be about seafaring and the whale Moby Dick. Instead, Moby Dick is a story about Captain Ahab's obsession. There is very little in the story about the revenge itself, just about Ahab's monomania. Out of 465 pages, only forty-two of them deal with the actual battle between Ahab and Moby Dick. The novel places very little emphasis on actual seafaring. Ishmael never even steps on a boat until page seventy-four....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 1129 words
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Reflex by Dick Francis - Reflex is a classic book written by Dick Francis. This is the twenty-second book he has written. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the novels he has written. This book is based on the life of a Photographer. The photographer’s name is Philip Nore, the book deals with the trauma a jockey has and how hectic his life is. In the first 50 pages of the book it deals with Philip being approached by his grandmother; (who he hates) and being asked by her to find her granddaughter. It also reveals that George Millace, a recently passed away photographer, has a secret black-mailing mystery and it is Philip’s job to uncover the Mystery....   [tags: Reflex, Dick Francis]
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The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick - The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick That there are various perspectives to the white whale as symbol is a result of the value which Melville accords the symbol as a medium of expression. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim terms, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). Visible objects are as masks through which one can educe universal and significant order. The "eyes are windows"(Melville, 9) through which one "can see a little into the springs and motives which [are] cunningly presented ....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays Whale Essays]
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Religion and Moby Dick - Religion and Moby Dick        Job was a man of the purest faith. When the world shunned God, Job's faith never declined. Job was a wealthy, handsome man with a beautiful wife and a vast amount of property. At some point in time, Satan made a bet with God that if Job situation was changed, his faith would quickly falter. On this note, God took Job's wealth, his property, his family, and his wife. When times were at their worst, God gave Job pus welts on Job's face, taking his looks. Job's faith, however, did not falter, instead it becamestronger....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 3608 words
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Moby Dick: Subjective Space - Moby Dick: Subjective Space Oh. my God. what is this that shoots through me, and leaves me so deadly calm, yet expectant, ---fixed at the top of a shudder. Future things swim before me, as in empty outlines and skeletons; all the past is somehow grown dim. (Chap. 135: 463) The sublime moment is the ultimate subsumption of the self. It is frightening in its intrinsic need to consume the experiencer and then emancipate him upon the consummation of the event. Melville composed a story that could have been filled with moments of the sublime and yet it is, frustratingly for the reader, almost entirely absent....   [tags: Melville Moby Dick Papers] 2847 words
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Essay on Symbols and Symbolism in Moby Dick - "He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it." Such was Melville's description of Captain Ahab. The symbolism that this statement suggests, along with many other instances of symbolism, are incorporated into Moby Dick. Although the crew knew that Ahab was obsessed with vengeance and wasn't interested in killing Moby Dick for whale oil, they still felt obligated to follow his orders....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 573 words
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An Analysis of Herman Melville and Moby Dick - An Analysis of Herman Melville and Moby Dick        "Moby Dick is biographic of Melville in the sense that it discloses every nook and cranny of his imagination." (Humford 41) This paper is a psychological study of Moby Dick.  Moby Dick was written out of Melville's personal experiences.         Moby Dick is a story of the adventures a person named Ishmael.  Ishmael is a lonely, alienated individual who wants to see the "watery part of the world."  Moby Dick begins with the main character, Ishmael, introducing himself with the line "Call Me Ishmael." (Melville 1)  Ishmael tells the reader about his background and creates a depressed mood for the reader....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick - An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art. Writers often use biblical and mythological allusions to which their readers are familiar. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville frequently uses biblical and mythological allusions. With these allusions the reader begins to understand the topic of discussion and is also exposed to the wisdom and knowledge Melville possess. The first allusion appears in the first line of the novel. “Call me Ishmael.” (Melville1)....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 614 words
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The Unwitting Vehicle for Evil in Moby Dick - The Unwitting Vehicle for Evil in Moby Dick My opinion about symbolism in the book Moby Dick is a patchwork of the "Evil Captain" theory and the "Nothingness" theory. In this theory chance and circumstance cause an unlucky (as opposed to ill-fated) captain to become the unwitting vehicle for evil. It is not his fault, he is driven to it by simple bad luck, and so evil is created out of nothingness, and then disappears from whence it came. The whale represents nothing, Starbuck represents nothing, Pip only serves to represent the madness that would have overtaken Ahab had he not invented an evil whale to blame his leg on, and most importantly Ishmael represents God, or the truth, or...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 1327 words
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The Old Man And The Sea and Moby Dick - The Old Man And The Sea and Moby Dick       One might say we are presented with two fish stories in looking at Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, a marlin in the former and a whale in the latter.  However, both of these animals are symbolic of the struggle their hunters face to find dignity and meaning in the face of a nihilistic universe in Hemingway and a fatalistic one in Melville.  While both men will be unable to conquer the forces of the universe against them, neither will either man be conquered by them because of their refusal to yield to these insurmountable forces.  However, Santiago gains a measure of peace and understanding about existe...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Man Against God in Moby Dick - Man Against God in Moby Dick Thee Works Cited "God, God is against thee, old man; forbear. 'tis an ill voyage. ill begun; ill continued..." (418). Humanity has embarked on a journey. A journey of choice that will lead into the end days; one which will determine mankind's fate and weave the mat of life to completion. Humanity, like Captain Ahab, has chosen to follow the direction of his own desires rather than reason and faith. Refusing to hear the voice of reason, man has seared Starbuck-his conscience and morals-to "a lipless, unfeatured blank" (459)....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 825 words
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Herman Melville's Moby Dick - Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" In Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, a recurring theme of death is seen throughout the book. A coffin appears at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book, Ishmael sees a large oil painting that foreshadows and represents many things and events that follow in the book, and Fedallah makes a prophecy talking about hearses and predicts Ahab’s death. Ishmael stays at The Sprouter-Inn, whose proprietor was a man named Peter Coffin. In the end, Ishmael clings to a coffin for over a day until rescued by another boat....   [tags: Moby Dick Melville Death Essays] 679 words
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Reading Moby-Dick as Ethnic Allegory - Reading Moby-Dick as Ethnic Allegory At a time when images of the white settler conquering the "savage" frontier were prevalent in antebellum America, depictions of racial polarization and, alternately, co-existence among different ethnic groups had already begun to find expression in various artistic mediums, from painting to literature. Today more than ever, such works continue to elicit critical re-examinations where race relations, colonization, and literary representation are concerned. While many literary and cultural critics have proposed allegorical readings of political and religious natures, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick can also be read relatedly as an ethnic allegory, where part...   [tags: Moby Dick Melville Papers]
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Melville's Moby-Dick: Is Ahab, Ahab? - In Melville's Moby-Dick, or The Whale, Ahab calls himself "madness maddened" and across the oceans he unleashes his madness in an unerring quest to wreak his hate upon the white whale, that agent or principal of the "inscrutable malignancy" lurking behind the phenomenal world. Milder asserts that by making Ahab mad, Melville found the means to present an apocalyptic act of a hero, free of the constraints of realism, that might express the disillusionment of the cultural moment that had witnessed the end of religion, the frustration of the Romantic quest, and the end of the possibility for spiritual meaning in the universe....   [tags: Moby-Dick Essays]
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Herman Melville's Moby-Dick - Herman Melville's Moby-Dick      Herman Melville began working on his epic novel Moby-Dick in 1850, writing it primarily as a report on the whaling voyages he undertook in the 1830s and early 1840s. Many critics suppose that his initial book did not contain characters such as Ahab, Starbuck, or even Moby Dick, but the summer of 1850 changed Melville’s writing and his masterpiece. He became friends with author Nathaniel Hawthorne and was greatly influenced by him. He also read Shakespeare and Milton’s Paradise Lost (Murray 41)....   [tags: Herman Melville Moby Dick Essays]
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Man Versus Nature in Herman Melville's Moby Dick - Man Versus Nature in Herman Melville's Moby Dick I conjure him in the storm-clouds above the bell-tower-- he is there, in that roiling expanse, the underbellies of the clouds like a huge celestial pod traveling with him. He is a shock of white against the mumbling sky-- the kind of sky that appears as an illustration in the Bible when the clouds part and there, just there, above the waiting shepherds, above Mary's bowed head, above the mountaintops, lo, the angel of the lord descends or even (beetle-browed and mighty) god himself is revealed....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 902 words
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Relationship Between Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife - Examining the Relationship Between Literary Works: Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife Literature changes. One story creates a niche for another story to come into existence, or be written. What is a literary niche and how exactly does an evolutionary text fill it. Who gets to decide. This question is easiest to answer by first establishing what a text cannot do: it does not fill in all the missing gaps. Moby Dick created a niche for another book to come into being: Ahab's Wife. In examining the relationship between the two books, one might say that Ahab's Wife functions in filling in all the missing pieces that Moby Dick left....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Free College Essays - Lessons Learned in Moby Dick - There is much to be learned from the theme of the novel Moby-Dick.  As in any book, there is a message or a sort of subliminal “moral of the story” type lesson you can learn from Moby-Dick.  The novel, Moby-Dick, can teach you many things if you can remain focussed long enough.  However, the most prominent lesson that can be learned from the work is not that complicated and rather apparent.  This lesson can be summed up in one sentence; don’t become to focussed and obsessed with one goal to the point that you exclude the more important things in life.  This lesson is represented with Ahab’s peculiar obsession with hunting and killing a whale.  By setting this as his most significant goal in...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 358 words
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Exploring Death in the Novels, Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife - Exploring Death in the Novels, Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife Nineteen years of my life has passed. By age nineteen, Una Spencer of Ahab's Wife had experienced numerous cycles of contentment and isolation, safety and loss. I cannot pretend to say that I have lived even as marginally an emotionally tumultuous life as Una's, but like most people, I can say something of loss and sacrifice. One of the last things my grandmother said on the hospital bed in which she died was to ask my mother whether I had been accepted to my first-choice college....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Primitive Beginnings in Herman Melville's Moby Dick - Primitive Beginnings in Herman Melville's Moby Dick       Among the numerous themes and ideas that author Herman Melville expresses in Moby Dick, one of the less examined is the superiority of the primitive man to the modern man. As an undertone running through the entire book, one can see in Moby Dick the same admiration of the "noble savage" that is so prevalent in Melville's earlier tales of the simple and idyllic life of the cannibals, even though the focus has been shifted to the dangers of seeing things from only one point of view and to the struggle between good and evil....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Melville's Moby Dick: Defining Violence in Literature - Melville's Moby Dick: Defining Violence in Literature Two stories were recently told to me, independently of one another, and although I was struck by each, it was a third story that emerged from the collision of the first two that most challenged me. The first story is about the violence of literature: "That's my current definition of literature: a cataclysmic event, one that disrupts what we think we so-settle-edly-know..." (Dalke). The second story is a definition of violence that I heard used in the context of a conversation about racism....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Moby Dick - Characters of Captain Ahab and Ishmael - The characters of captain Ahab and Ishmael are almost opposites.  About the only things the two share in common are that they are both seamen and they both are on a hunt for a whale. Ishmael is a pleasing character, who plays the role of the main character as well as narrator.  He is a common man who has a love for the sea, and goes to it to clear his mind whenever he feels down or feels that it is “a damp, drizzly November” in his soul.  As for his physical appearance, he doesn’t really specify.  However, one might assume that he is a middle-aged man and probably holds the characteristics of the “stereotypical seaman”.  But, what the character lacks in physical description, he makes up fo...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 593 words
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