Moby Dick

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Moby Dick

I. Biographical Insights

A. The culture this great author was a part of was the time in American history

where inspiring works of literature began to emerge. It was also a time when

American writers had not completely separated its literary heritage from Europe,

partly because there were successful literary genius' flourishing there.

B. Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819, he was the son of Allan and Maria

Melville. During Herman's childhood he lived in the “good” neighborhoods of New

York City. In 1832 Herman suffered tragedy when his father died after trying to

cope with the stress of debts and misfortunes. After a short time in a business

house in New York City, Herman determined he needed to go to sea. He spent

years traveling on a variety of ships, including whaling ships.

C1. Melville's perspective on life is that God created the universe with an

infinite number of meanings and man is always trying to determine one specific


D2. The “lessons” that Melville is likely to weave into his writing are 1. An

exposition on whales and the whaling industry. 2. A commentary on the universe

and human destiny. 3. Thoughts about God and Nature.

III. Characters

B. The protagonist in this book is Ishmael, a Christian, schoolteacher and part-

time sailor. Ishmael's role in the hunt for “Moby Dick” is to interpret what is

happening. He discusses his reasons for going to sea and interprets and looks

for understanding a number of reasons for any specific action where other

characters only understand one reason.

C. It is hard to say what changes take place in Ishmael's personality, since he

is the narrator he doesn't talk about himself, he only talks about what he sees.

D1. Ishmael befriends Queequeg who is a cannibal. Even though Queequeg is very

ugly Ishmael sees that Queequeg has an honest heart, great honor, and a lot of

courage. This friendship had a positive influence on Ishmael's behavior because

it taught him not to judge on outward appearances.

E2. Another relationship that was very short was the relationship between

Ishmael and Captain Ahab. For the first few days aboard the Pequod Ishmael

always saw Ahab in the shadows. When Ishmael finally saw Ahab he had shivers

run through his body. Ishmael felt Ahab's attitude of determination, dedication

and hatred towards “Moby Dick” in Ahab's appearance. This relationship was a

negative relationship because Ishmael now feared Ahab and did not want to

become friends with such an evil person.

F. The conflict that Ishmael experienced was that he saw how Ahab was such an

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the time in american history in which this great author was a part of.
  • Explains that b. herman melville was born on august 1, 1819, he was the son of allan and maria.
  • Describes melville's "lessons" that he is likely to weave into his writing.
  • Analyzes how ishmael's role in the hunt for "moby dick" is to interpret what is.
  • Analyzes how ugly ishmael sees that queequeg has an honest heart, great honor, and a lot of respect.
  • Opines that the jagged edge galls them so, their brain seems to beat.
  • Explains that ideas are moby dick who is a symbol of all of the things in the universe.
  • Opines that the meaning of any object lies in the beholder of the object and not its object.
  • Explains that the literature he is referring to do not have name of the works but only the names of works.
  • Opines that it's too late to make any changes.
  • Opines that one can improve the present state of the universe once he has acted on his actions.
  • Opines that it is difficult for the average man to comprehend. at best he can just figure it out.
  • Explains that 's goal in this novel was to indicate the condition of the character.
  • Analyzes how a man's decision once took him to the ocean.
  • Narrates how herman decided he needed to go to sea after a short time in new york city.
  • Analyzes how ishmael's personality changes, since he is the narrator, and doesn't talk about himself.
  • Opines that ishmael's conflict was that he saw how ahab was such an evil man and was a good natured man.
  • Opines that the iron crown of lombardy is too heavy that they wear. yet is it bright with many a gem; i, the wearer, see not its far flashings, but darkly fell.
  • Analyzes how the details used to make us feel like we are watching a sunset are that the warm waves blush like wine.
  • Analyzes how uses similes to compare the colored waves of the sunset to wine.
  • Explains that the sea represents a man's life, it symbolizes the fears that he must overcome in life to gain fuller understanding of life.
  • Opines that this novel has influenced their attitudes and beliefs on the destiny of man and has shown them that there is more than one view of every object.
  • Opines that an adventure loving reader will read this book and focus on what went on rather than what the novel was trying to say.
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