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Symbols In Moby Dick written by Herman Melville

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Symbols In Moby Dick written by Herman Melville by Herminne Tonita -

Herman Melville's masterpiece "Moby Dick" was published in 1851, drawing upon the author's experience at sea. The book is about a whaling voyage on the Pequod, whose captain, Ahab obsessed with chasing Moby Dick, the great white whale, finally dies while harpooning him. But the novel is more than a whaling story, its main theme being the Man's fight against the conditions of his existance.
Melville was a great admirer of Hawthorne's works, to whom the novel is dedicated, so that is why he based his work on symbols, as in the Romantic works. The sea, where almost the entire action takes place, represents an open space where everything becomes possible, even murder. The sea is also considered the land of the unknown, which brings danger and mistery. Moreover, water as one of the four elements of ancient philosophy, represents life, movement, but also freedom and infinity.

The ship is the only familiar object to the sailors in the land of the unknown, the only one that preserves life. On the other hand, it helps crossing the way from the living to the land of the ever-searching souls.

One of the most important symbols in the book is the great white whale, which represents a challenge for the captain in his trying to conquer wild nature. The whale is a force that can't be dominated, can't be trapped. Nevertheless the whale represents the spiritual part of the journey.

The whole atmosphere is dominated by a sun which gives life energy and power. However, numbers are very important for Melville. From the very beginning we notice the repetition of the number "three" , which has a religious conotation, being the number of the trinity, of destiny.

The voyage at sea is a quest for an ideal, a journey of the soul in its search for the supreme thing. The scenary is dominated by strong colours, as yellow sustaining life, whereas white represents freedom of any constraints.

The captain stands for humanity, the one who tries new experiences, new ideas, and fights for its ideal, which is a good thing until it turns into an obsession.
In conclusion the novel is full of symbols which make it one of the best book of the XIX th century.

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Date Added: 17 March '09


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