By Kevin J. Hayes

ISBN-10: 0521671043

ISBN-13: 9780521671040

ISBN-10: 0521854806

ISBN-13: 9780521854801

"Despite its detached reception whilst it used to be first released in 1851, Moby-Dick is now a significant paintings within the American literary canon. This advent deals readings of Melville's masterpiece, however it additionally units out the foremost topics, contexts, and demanding reception of his whole oeuvre. Kevin J. Hayes presents finished information regarding Melville's lifestyles and works in an available publication that may be crucial for Read more...

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86, xi). With an exclamation of delight, she stands erect in the canoe, slips the mantle from her shoulders, extends her arms, and spreads her garment like a sail. Her lithe, naked body forms the mast. ” Among nineteenth-century readers, Typee ranked above all other works of literature for purposes of onanistic gratification. Fayaway’s voluptuous body adds allure to the narrative, but her face may be more important to the theme of cultural difference between the Westerner and the South Pacific islander.

The voyage of the Pequod represents any dangerous journey mankind may undertake. Ultimately, it symbolizes man’s sojourn on earth. The imaginative context In the final paragraph of “Loomings,” Ishmael provides one last reason to explain why he goes to sea. This reason is much less tangible than his earlier ones. In the end, he goes because “the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and 24 The Cambridge Introduction to Herman Melville two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, midmost of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air” (W, VI, p.

It is one thing to read the face of a person who shares a similar cultural heritage; it is something else entirely to read the face of a person from a different culture. The possibility, or impossibility, of reading others on the basis of their physical appearance forms a central theme of Typee. Tommo looks into the faces of the islanders to see who they are and what they are thinking. They look back at him and do the same. Once within the native village, Tommo and Toby come before a council of chiefs.

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