Topics: Moby-Dick, Herman Melville, Queequeg Pages: 3 (1116 words) Published: May 8, 2013
Herman Melville: Moby Dick

Moby Dick (1851), is now considered one of the classics of American of Herman Melville’s main works. Herman Melville when he was the eighteen-year-old young man,he shipped out to sea,first on a short cargo trip,then,at twenty-one,on a three-year South Sea in venture.From the experiences accumulated on this voyage would come the material for his Moby Dick. Moby dick was about Captain Ahab hates Moby Dick--“the white devil”--because he lost a leg to the white whale in a fight. Now Ahab, the captain of a whaling ship,can only think of one thing.He has to find Moby Dick and kill him. Many of the other sailors on the ship don't know about their captain's plan.Ishmael is a young sailor and this is his first whaling job. He and his new friend,Queequeg,sail with Captain Ahab on this exciting-and dagerous--trip.Also on the ship are Starbuck,Srubb,and other whalers from different countries.He is prepared to sacrifice everything, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find and destroy his nemesis. A section of "Whaling and Whalecraft" features prose and graphics by John B. Putnam, a sample of contemporary whaling engravings, as well as, new to this edition, an engraving of Tupai Cupa, the real-life inspiration for the character of Queequeg.    Evoking Melville’s fascination with the fluidity of categories like savagery and civilization, the image of Tupai Cupa fittingly introduces "Before Moby-Dick: International Controversy over Melville," a new section that documents the ferocity of religions, political, and sexual hostility toward Melville in reaction to his early books, beginning with Typee in 1846.    The image of Tupai Cupa also evokes Melville’s interest in the mystery of self-identity and the possibility of knowing another person’s "queenly personality" (Chapter 119). That theme (focused on Melville, Ishmael, and Ahab) is pursued in "A...
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