Moby Dick is a sperm whale who is the main antagonist in Herman Melville 's novel of the same name. Melville based the whale partially on a real albino whale of that period called Mocha Dick. Ishmael describes Moby Dick as having two prominent white areas around "a peculiar snow-white wrinkled forehead, and a high, pyramidical white hump", the rest of his body being of stripes and patches between white and gray. Ahab tells the crew that the White Whale can be told because it has an unusual spout, a deformed jaw, three punctures in his right fluke and several harpoons embedded in his side from unsuccessful hunts. When he fled before "exalting pursuers", giving every symptom of alarm, he would suddenly turn round and stave their boats to splinters or drive them back to their ship.
Moby Dick (whale)
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Symbolism is using a person, place, or thing to represent something else which is larger and often untouchable. Symbols in a story can be interpreted differently by different people Some symbols stand for things that are obvious while others need a more involved explanation. In Moby-Dick, Herman Melville uses symbolism of the whale to express the theme of humanistic relationships with nature. The color of the whale in Moby-Dick is a symbol that can be interpreted differently. The whiteness of the whale can have obvious meanings, such as innocence, purity, and cleanliness. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.
Moby Dick Symbolism Analysis
Near the beginning of Moby Dick, Father Mapple reminds Pequod sailors of the biblical prophet Jonah and his unique encounter with a whale. The whale, known as a Leviathan in the Bible, swallows Jonah because Jonah refuses to obey God's command to preach to a wicked group of people. Father Mapple in his sermon says, "If we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists" Once Jonah admits his sinfulness and follows his maker, the whale frees Jonah. Father Mapple says that obeying God can be difficult and might not seem logical to the person listening.
Melville before he was a writer took an a few odd occupations, including a banker, a teacher, and a whaler for about 5 years. On his voyages he heard many tales, one about a peculiar and catastrophic incident involving a certain whaling boat. Moby Dick Moby-Dick is the one American story which every individual seems to recognize. It is the epitome of American Romanticism because it delves into the human spirit, the force of imagination, and power of the emotions and the intellect.