Herman Melville Essays

Moby Dick Narrative

1.In this video, we immediately learn of an obsessed captain who wants revenge. Why does he want revenge and against whom or what? The captain wants revenge because he lost his leg to Moby Dick. 2.Who is the narrator of Moby Dick and what is the first line of the novel? The first line of the novel is “Call me Ishmael” and the narrator is Ishmael. 3.There are two significant Biblical allusions mentioned in the film. To whom do these…

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Narrator of Moby Dick

1.In this video, we immediately learn of an obsessed captain who wants revenge. Why does he want revenge and against whom or what? The captain wants revenge because he lost his leg to Moby Dick. 2.Who is the narrator of Moby Dick and what is the first line of the novel? The first line of the novel is “Call me Ishmael” and the narrator is Ishmael. 3.There are two significant Biblical allusions mentioned in the film. To whom do these…

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Moby Dick

Questions 1.The captain, Ahab wants revenge against the great white whale Moby Dick because he lost his leg to the whale. 2.Ishmael is the narrator. The first line is “Call me Ishmael.” 3.The two allusions are the names of Captain ahab and Ishmael. Referring to Captain Ahab: Ahab is a wicked king who goes against goes against God’s will, Like how captain Ahab goes against the white whale. Referring to Ishmael: Ishmael means “outcast” or “wanderer” like how he seams…

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Serving Justice in the Case of Billy Budd

From the case of Billy Budd, one must ponder about several important questions in regards to the power of the law and the extent to which it should be recognized. “Although Billy Budd killed Claggart unintentionally, he was aware that striking a superior officer was a serious offense, however, Claggart had provoked him by accusing him of organizing a mutiny” (Hunte). Thus, Billy Budd is described as the following, “His simple nature remained unsophisticated by those moral obliquities which are…

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Captain Ahab Portrayed as Monomaniacal in Moby Dick

Monomania, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is the pathological obsession with one subject or idea. In Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, an obsession causes monomania in its main character. Through his actions, words, thoughts, and what others think about him, Captain Ahab is truly monomaniacal. Ahab is monomaniacal through his words and thoughts. “Talk not to me of blasphemy,man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” This shows Ahab’s madness because only he would have the nerve…

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