Herman Melville And 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 meaning. 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 evil man and that

Ishmael was a good natured man and did not want to be corrupted by Ahab. To
resolve this conflict Ishmael stayed away from Ahab. Representative Passage on

Imagery and Figurative Language "Yonder, by the ever-brimming goblet\'s rim,
the warm waves blush like wine. The gold brow plumbs the blue. The diver
sun—long dived from noon,—goes down; my soul mounts up! she wearies with her
endless hill. Is, then, the crown too heavy that I wear? this Iron Crown of

Lombardy. Yet is it bright with many a gem; I, the wearer, see not its far
flashings; but darkly fell that I wear that, that dazzlingly confounds. ‘Tis
iron—that I know—not gold. ‘Tis split, too—that I feel; the jagged edge
galls me so, my brain seems to beat against the solid metal." Chapter LV A.

The details being used to make us feel like we are watching a sunset is that it
says "the warm waves blush like wine. The gold brow plumbs the blue. The
diver sun—long dived from noon,—goes down; my soul mounts up!" B. The
similes the author uses are the comparison of the colored waves of the sunset to
wine. I believe that when the author is talking about the "Iron Crown of

Lombardy" he is talking about the sun. When it says "Is, then, the
crown too heavy that I wear?" he is talking about the sunrise as the sun
first starts ascending. I think that noon is where it is says "Yet is it
bright with many a gem; I, the wearer, see not its far flashings;". I also
think that "‘Tis iron—that I know—not gold. ‘Tis split, too—that

I feel; the jagged edge galls me so, my brain seems to beat against the solid
metal." means he wants to take off the crown signifying sunset. IV.

Symbolism / Allusions D. The objects that are representative of larger ideas are

Moby Dick who is a symbol of all of the things in the universe.