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Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick has been read in countries and language from all over the world. It has been picked apart and analyzed from a plethora of analytical theories and contexts. In terms of the four functions of mythology, the story can be read in any perspective: mystical, cosmological, sociological, or pedagogical. Analysts and literary scholars could make the case that Moby Dick could be interpreted through any of these four lenses. Above the other three, it is easy to perceive and observe that the narrative is a definite comment on the lives of seafaring men during the 1800s. The story is an interesting example of one of history's most dangerous and fascinating periods and professions. As an example of a sociological text, Moby Dick not only informs the reader of the daily life of men on a whaling boat and the dangers that they face, but also….
Moby Dick or, The Whale is a book that can be read on a number of levels. On the surface it is an adventure story and a mine of information about whaling and the whaling industry. However, the novel also explores the depths of the human psyche and cardinal philosophical questions relating to the meaning of life, religion and good and evil. Sociologically, the novel explores the tension between enlightened thought and the tenets of eighteenth-century Calvinism.
The central theme of the work, which is clearly referred to in the quotation for this essay, is search for meaning and reality. This is implied by Captain Ahab when he says, "How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there's naught beyond." (Mansfield and Vincent 162) The white whale is a reality and a….
Baird, James, Ishmael. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1956.
Chase, R., Melville: A collection of Critical Essays. New York:Prentice-Hall Inc.,1962
Howard, Leon, Herman Melville. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1951.
Mansfield, Luther S. And Howard P. Vincent, eds. Moby Dick Or, the Whale. New York: Hendricks House, 1952.
Moby Dick and Nature, How Nature Displays an Indomitable Force
Moby-Dick provides different conducts of human beings towards nature. Melville presents a sea animals' world with a white whale as the focus of the narrative and a society represented through the Pequod. Through underlining the conflict between the Pequod, and the white whale, the author of the novel makes a unique, thorough and intensive check out into the link amid human beings and nature. The different attributes and behaviors of the main characters and diverse ethical ideas demonstrated through these characters highlight the relationship between man and nature.
Ishmael and Captain Ahab different fates help the reader in discovering Melville's ethical leaning. Captain Ahab is a tragic hero and the conflict between Ahab and Moby-Dick sets off the reader's tension. Some innermost motive on nature makes an irreconcilable contraction between Moby-Dick and Ahab. The tragedy of Ahab represents human failures against nature….
Bloom, Harold. Moby-Dick. New York: InfoBase Publishing, 2007. Print
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick: New York: Cricket House Books LLC, Nov 16, 2012. Print
Thomson, Shawn. The Romantic Architecture of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Madison [u.a.:
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press [u.a., 2001. Print.
In Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the character of Captain Ahab is repeatedly referred to as a "monomaniac" (Melville Chapter 41). In other words, he is a man obsessively devoted to and possessed by a single idea -- to get revenge upon the white whale, Moby Dick. To some extent, Ahab views his long-sought encounter with the whale as his own personal fate: it is clear from Melville's depiction that no trials or tribulations undergone during the Pequod's journey would be capable of stopping Ahab's strange quest. Yet it is clear from Melville's novel that the hunt for Moby Dick is not something Ahab could undertake on his own -- it requires a whaling-ship and it requires a crew. As a result, Ahab's journey to find the white whale can be viewed as a depiction of society in microcosm -- the difficulties that he faces along the way are not….
Dubnick, Randa. "Melville: American Romantic." In Bloom, Harold (ed.) Herman Melville. New York: Chelsea House, 2006. Print.
Fiedler, Leslie A. Love and Death in the American Novel. Chicago: Dalkey Archive, 1997. Print.
Matthiessen, F.O. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968. Print.
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick, or The Whale. Project Gutenberg. Web. Accessed 2 April 2012 at: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2701/2701-h/2701-h.htm#2HCH0036
" p. 162 Ahab has taken the power and autonomy given to him as a ship's captain and set himself against God and nature over the loss of his leg. It is this hubris that will bring the Pequod to her doom.
By the end of the novel, Captain Ahab seems to realize that even as great as he apparently thinks he is, he may not be able to master Moby-Dick. Even at this point, he cannot humble himself and admit that some forces may be greater than him. He says, "By heavens man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and fate is the handspike." (p. 536) He has shown a belief in fate, bringing on board a man who seems to be a sooth-sayer, and who predicts Captain Ahab's death, and the predictions seem to be coming true. his is convenient for Captain Ahab;….
The book suggests that it is his towering ego that is the problem. He dwells on neither pain nor terror. He complains of the insult. At the dramatic end, Moby-Dick turns and rams the Pequod, splintering it. Ahab, in the whaling boat, shouts,.".. from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee... let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!" (p. 565) Ahab expects to have the whale tow him away from the wreck. He realizes he will die, but doesn't care as long as he takes the whale with him. Instead, the rope from the harpoon tangles, wraps around his neck, and pulls him under.
Captain Ahab wasn't the only whaler attacked by Moby-Dick. Other captains realized the whale was dangerous and resolved to avoid him in the future. Only Ahab became so obsessed with vengeance that he lost the ability to be rational about the whale. Because of his driven hatred, everyone on his ship died except Ishmael. Ironically, Ishmael survives by clinging to a coffin, reminding the reader of the Mr. Coffin at the beginning of the book. That a symbol of death should save his life reminds the reader of the Christian belief of death leading to salvation, but it also demonstrates that death by itself is not any gain. Ahab dies because he cannot accept the limits of the real world, that he is only one man and that there are forces greater than he.
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick, or, The Whale. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. Accessed via the Internet 1/2/05. http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=Mel2Mob.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=all
Additionally, the holy ritual of anointing the selected things for God's intentions is discussed as well in Moby Dick -- where Queequeg come to a decision that the whaling ship must be anointed and as a result, he alone come to a decision to anoint the ship which permits Queequeg the sacred right of personal participation in the anointing procedure, something usually referred to a religious person; Queequeg did not succeed to match this portrayal for he is a pagan as well as his deeds undermine traditional religious principles; anointing happens via the involvement of God as well as the anointing of the Pequod fails to be a sacred or spiritual communion with the Lord (Peretz, 2003).
The author's conclusions are certainly more than just mischievous fun because of the dominance of religious statements all over Moby Dick; for he is writing at an particularly religious era in American history plus….
Breejen, J. (2000). Melville's Moby-Dick -- the Megalomanic Character of Captain Ahab. Retrieved March 31, 2009 from: http://www.9types.com/movieboard/messages/5954.html
Coviello, P. (2005). Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Dagovitz, a. (2008). Moby Dick's Hidden Philosopher: A Second Look in Philosophy and Literature.
Davey, M. (2004). A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. New York: Routledge.
And like a human being "owing to his marked internal structure which gives him regular lungs, like a human being's, the whale can only live by inhaling the disengaged air in the open atmosphere" (Chapter 85). And who knows, the whale may even be superior to us, as "this great monster, to whom corporeal warmth is as indispensable as it is to man; how wonderful that he should be found at home, immersed to his lips for life in those Arctic waters! where, when seamen fall overboard, they are sometimes found, months afterwards, perpendicularly frozen into the hearts of fields of ice, as a fly is found glued in amber" (Chapter 68).
By treating Moby Dick as if the whale were an intelligent creature, Ahab overcomes the threat or fear of nothingness that all characters in the novel, indeed all human beings must grapple with. Ahab knows that his quest….
You cannot hide the soul... I saw the traces of a simple, honest heart; and in his large, deep eyes, fiery black and bold, there seemed tokens of a spirit that would dare a thousand devils. And besides all this, there was a certain lofty bearing about the Pagan, which even his uncouthness could not altogether maim. He looked like a man who had never cringed and never had had a creditor. " (p. 45). Ishmael is a man who is able to look at "the deep things of God" and see the soul of man. He has developed spiritual sense.
Ishmael follows a line of Christian reasoning that allows him to unite with a "heathen," that is a person that knows nothing about the Christian religion. He reasons that to obey the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), he must do for….
From the viewpoint of Melville scholar Lawrence Cleveland, the character of Captain Ahab, the sole master of the whaling ship the Pequod, "lost his leg to Moby Dick" which makes him "the victim of an attack by a vicious animal" ("Captain Ahab," Internet) in the form of a giant albino sperm whale. Yet by the time one reads Chapter 36 of the novel, it becomes clear that Ahab, named after a biblical figure that was married to Jezebel "who sponsored false prophets and gods, killed true ones and destroyed altars devoted to the Lord or Jehovah" (Smith, 267), is now a man possessed and "obsessed with destroying Moby Dick," due to the having lost his leg to the mighty jaws of the mysterious and terrifying white whale, humped with a crooked back and pierced by lances from past attempts to kill him.
y Chapter 37, the reader is convinced that Ahab….
Bryant, John. Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby Dick. OH: Kent State University Press, 2006.
Cleveland, Lawrence. "Captain Ahab and Moby Dick: A Study in the Self and Others."
1997. Internet. Retrieved at http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/bassr/218/projects / lawrence/lawrence.htm.
Gleim, William S. The Meaning of Moby Dick. New York: Kessinger Publishing Group, 2002.
In Job, the character of Job is presented as a virtuous individual who lives sinless and in accordance to the will of God. In order to test this, God sends his messenger down to strike Job and his life with a slew of calamities, including boils and loss of money. Job has no reason to blame himself for this punishment, yet refuses to curse god. In the end, he is rewarded for his ongoing faith.
This allegory of the ook of Job can be found in other literary works besides just Moby-Dick. For example, the struggle of an essentially good person against unreasonable evil in the ongoing pursuit of goodness is a common theme in almost all of Emily Dickinson's poems. A prevalent theme in many of her poems is the a struggle with depression without any reason. Like Job, Dickinson is an otherwise virtuous individual but for no explanatory reason,….
Bloom, Harold. Moby Dick: Or, the Whale. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1986.
Brodhead, Richard. New Essays on Moby-Dick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1987.
Davey, Michael J. A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. New York: Taylor & Francis, Inc. 2003.
Higgins, Brian. Critical Essays on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc. 1992.
Starbuck's religious affinities do not assist him in preventing his captain from abandoning the campaign that he got involved in. In spite of his love for God, he is a very loyal individual and he is actually surprised to see the extent of his devotion, as he practically disregards God and all the factors pointing toward the belief that the ship's crew will experience a catastrophic end in favor of following Ahab. Starbuck himself is unable to explain the reason for which he would rather subject to his captain instead of subjecting to God's will, especially considering that he appears to be aware of the futility of their mission even before they begin their journey. Starbuck acknowledges the fact that it is irresponsible to try and get revenge on an animal that lack reason and that attacks only when it feels threatened, thus the reason for which he relates to….
Melville continues, "Ahab, without speaking, was slowly rubbing the gold piece against the skirts of his jacket, as if to heighten its lustre, and without using any words was meanwhile lowly humming to himself" (Melville 159). Ahab may be mad, and the author combines all of these details to give the reader a picture of a man who is unique, different, and just a bit frightening as well. As the novel progresses, so will Ahab's madness, which is another way the author portrays him as a very different and frightening man throughout the novel.
Ahab is also very singular in his actions and his thoughts. Melville shows he is behaving more oddly as the voyage progresses, especially during his daily walks on deck. The author states of the captain, "[H]e was won't to pause in turn at each spot, and stand there strangely eyeing the particular object before him. When….
.. (is) blasphemous!" (pg. #). This is yet another foreshadowing device, for it shows that Moby Dick is nothing but an animal with no conscience and that Ahab's need for revenge will inevitably lead to his own death and that of the entire crew aboard the Pequod.
In a very moving moment in the chapter "The Musket," Starbuck's moral ethics are put to the supreme test, for after a severe typhoon, goes below deck to inform the sleeping Ahab that the dangerous weather has subsided. He finds a loaded musket just outside Ahab's door and in that instant "there strangely evolved an evil thought" in his head -- "Shall this crazed old man be... suffered to drag a whole ship's company down to doom with him?" (pg. #). Yet Starbuck, as a result of his religious/moral beliefs, finds it impossible to kill Ahab in order to save the crew from certain….
There are a thousands different ways for a man to lose himself and his soul - and a number of ways for him to be saved. Herman Melville presents us over the course of his work with a dozen different ways in which men find and lose and sometimes find themselves again. For Ishmael, the narrator of Moby Dick, the way to life and to perhaps even hope is by death, or at least by an emblem of death, for it is by a coffin that he is - to steal a Dickensian phrase - recalled to life.
The first line of the novel is, of course, one of the best-known opening lines in English literature - but it is also a clue to the character of the narrator as well as a clue to the intent of Melville in writing this book. e are meant, as soon as we….
Point ONE: Billy Budd: Critic Eugene Goodheart is the Edythe Macy Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. He writes that while critics are generally divided between those who see Captain Vere as "an unwitting collaborator" with Claggart and those who feel Vere was correct to have Billy sent to the gallows. In his piece Goodheart explains that Billy is "…variously seen as Adam before the fall, as a noble barbarian, as Isaac the sacrificial victim…and as a Christ figure" (Goodheart, 2006, p. 81).
Point TO: Goodheart makes the most of his assertion that no matter what allegorical link to Billy, the protagonist is symbolic of innocence. hen Billy lashes out at Claggart, it is due to his innocence. He is first of all innocent of the charge that he was leading a mutiny, Goodheart explains. Secondly, Billy is innocent when it comes to the existence of evil (Goodheart, p. 82);….
Claviez, Thomas. "Rainbows, Fogs, and Other Smokescreens: Billy Budd and the Question of Ethics." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory. 62.4
Donoghue, Denis. "Moby-Dick' after September 11th." Law and Literature 15.2 (2003): 161-
Goodheart, Eugene. "Billy Budd and the World's Imperfection." Sewanee Review 114.1 (2006):
Moby Dick Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick has been read in countries and language from all over the world. It has been picked apart and analyzed from a plethora of…Read Full Paper ❯
Moby Dick or, The Whale is a book that can be read on a number of levels. On the surface it is an adventure story and a mine of…Read Full Paper ❯
Moby Dick and Nature, How Nature Displays an Indomitable Force Moby-Dick provides different conducts of human beings towards nature. Melville presents a sea animals' world with a white whale as…Read Full Paper ❯
Moby Dick In Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the character of Captain Ahab is repeatedly referred to as a "monomaniac" (Melville Chapter 41). In other words, he is a man obsessively…Read Full Paper ❯
" p. 162 Ahab has taken the power and autonomy given to him as a ship's captain and set himself against God and nature over the loss of his…Read Full Paper ❯
Additionally, the holy ritual of anointing the selected things for God's intentions is discussed as well in Moby Dick -- where Queequeg come to a decision that the whaling…Read Full Paper ❯
And like a human being "owing to his marked internal structure which gives him regular lungs, like a human being's, the whale can only live by inhaling the…Read Full Paper ❯
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You cannot hide the soul... I saw the traces of a simple, honest heart; and in his large, deep eyes, fiery black and bold, there seemed tokens of…Read Full Paper ❯
Mythology - Religion
From the viewpoint of Melville scholar Lawrence Cleveland, the character of Captain Ahab, the sole master of the whaling ship the Pequod, "lost his leg to Moby Dick" which…Read Full Paper ❯
In Job, the character of Job is presented as a virtuous individual who lives sinless and in accordance to the will of God. In order to test this, God…Read Full Paper ❯
Starbuck's religious affinities do not assist him in preventing his captain from abandoning the campaign that he got involved in. In spite of his love for God, he is…Read Full Paper ❯
Melville continues, "Ahab, without speaking, was slowly rubbing the gold piece against the skirts of his jacket, as if to heighten its lustre, and without using any words…Read Full Paper ❯
.. (is) blasphemous!" (pg. #). This is yet another foreshadowing device, for it shows that Moby Dick is nothing but an animal with no conscience and that Ahab's need…Read Full Paper ❯
Queequeg's Coffin There are a thousands different ways for a man to lose himself and his soul - and a number of ways for him to be saved. Herman Melville…Read Full Paper ❯
Point ONE: Billy Budd: Critic Eugene Goodheart is the Edythe Macy Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. He writes that while critics are generally divided between those who…Read Full Paper ❯