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
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
One of my most loved stories about the times of artistic High Theory is told by the women 's activist pundit Sandra Gilbert. In the late '80s, Gilbert was talking a contender for a vocation in Princeton University 's English division. "What might your fantasy course be?" she inquired. "My fantasy course," the applicant reacted, "would be hypothesis and nontheory." "What 's nontheory?" asked a council part. "You know," the applicant answered. "Ballads, stories, plays."...Elaine Showwalter, Professor
America whereas Rip stays the same good-natured, whimsical fellow. Oliver Wendell Holmes' figurative poem entitled "Old Ironsides", written in 1830, strikes a chord with the patriotic masses of a young America. Within this poem, Holmes patriotically protests the decision of the Secretary of Navy to destroy the fighting ship the USS Constitution, popularly known as Old Ironsides.
“Play your own music, write your own drama, paint your own personal vision, live, love and suffer in your own way! (Kreis)” This quote from the History Guide published by Steven Kreis beautifully sums up the attitude Romantics had to the world around them. “Dare to be” was the battle cry of the Romantics as they fought against the limitations society tried to enforce upon them. The Romantics were die hard rebels with a cause. The actual time period of the Romantic Era varies depending on the source
“revolutions”, political challenges and reforms by the common people, was undertaken by various groups and states in the west. The United States fought the Revolutionary War, emerging victorious, and declaring its independence from Britain. French protest also turned to revolution; the people manifested their frustration with monarchical and ecclesiastic rule and aristocratic abuses, by seeking reform and more aggressive forms of change. Slaves in Saint Domingue sought independence, banding together
The Dumbing Down of American Fiction The 1976 film "Network" is an acerbic satire of television's single-minded obsession with mass ratings.One of the film's main characters, Howard Beale, is called the "Mad Prophet of the Airways," and his weekly harangues produce a "ratings motherlode"--yet he constantly admonishes his viewers to "Turn the damn tube off!"During one such rant Beale berates his audience as functional illiterates: "Less than three percent of you even read books!" he shouts messianically--and