Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' Moby Dick ' Essay example

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Years before Herman Melville crafted his famous novel, Moby Dick, Edgar Allan Poe published his very own novel which deals with sea exploration; it is titled, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Interestingly enough, Poe, himself, was not too happy with his novel, he describes to William E. Burton in a letter, that his novel is “a very silly book” (“Edgar Allan Poe to…”). Within the novel, Poe (or supposedly, Pym) writes about a long and tragic sea expedition, an expedition which at first seemed harmless, that is, until mutiny and cannibalism made their way into the plot. Pym is overwhelmingly judgmental towards people who are not white. Poe’s underlying message in his novel is that skin color determines personal judgment and fear. Poe fully published Pym in 1838, and it is his only novel. While living in Richmond, Poe was an editor for the Southern Literary Messenger from 1835 to 1837 (Howarth 3). As told in the preface of Pym, the novel was partially printed in the Southern Literary Messenger as a work of fiction by “Mr. Poe” (Poe 213). Therefore, Poe tries to write in the first person through the eyes of Arthur Gordon Pym. The adventures and stories detailed in the novel, are meant to be interpreted as true events (Poe 214). William L Howarth, Professor of English at Princeton University, implies that due to Poe’s “financial troubles,” Poe relocated in Philadelphia in 1838, and once there, republished The Narrative as a complete novel in order to make…

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