On August 1, 1819, Herman Melville was born into a family of war heroes and wealthy merchants. His father, Allan Melville, was a Boston merchant wealthy enough to provide a comfortable life for his family. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Allan Melville went bankrupt in 1830, leaving him to abandon the city and the Melville family. Herman Melville, now poor and father less, was left to the care of his strict mother, Maria Gansevoort. Having no formal education, Melville taught himself using literature and the bible. (Anderson. “Herman” 294). Moving from home to home, Melville now found life to be a struggle. Through this struggle, however, a fascination for the sea developed in him.
Melville’s enchantment for the sea inspired him to begin the daring challenge of being a sailor. Departing on his first voyage with the St. Lawrence, Melville was prepared for his dreams of the sea to become a reality. Instead, he was met with bad weather and an unorganized crew (“Herman” 590). As the St. Lawrence continued to sail away, so did Melville’s captivation of the sea. Despite this harsh first experience, Melville decided to try sailing again. On Jan...
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