The destruction of the Pequod is an apocalyptic ending to the novel and possibly the reason for its post-World War I reemergence among a generation that accounted for other fatalistic works, such as T. S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland.” A combination of this cataclysmic ending and biblical references has led most research on the novel to be focused the allegorical themes in the novel. This would lead the reader to believe that the destruction of the Pequod is a reference to—and consequence of—Ahab’s relationship with God. However, a close examination of Moby Dick under a new historicism approach exposes Melville’s recalcitrant nature and disdain for civil control, and reveals that the Pequod is destroyed because of man’s wrath against the mechanisms that contr...
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...that his allegory was comprehendible to Hawthorne (Horth 212). Additionally, as Ahab contends—“‘O Nature, and O soul of man! how far beyond all utterance are your linked analogies! not the smallest atoms stirs or lives on matter, but has its cunning duplicate in mind’” (Melville 303)—that in all communications are analogies in some way or another and Melville is straight forward in his use of analogies as biblical allegory. However, as Melville summons Saint Paul to bring some breeze to his “breezelessness” (Ibid), or rather, work as a muse to provide inspiration and context to his communication, he gives the impression that the use of allegory is not foundation of the novel. Instead, the use of allegory is the means in which Melville turns to provide direction for the novel and the “linked analogies” can be read as a connecting subject, weaved throughout the story.
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