Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Moby ‚Äë Dick ' By Herman Melville

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Moby‑Dick a novel by Herman Melville is a thought-provoking text, not merely due to the topic of whaling, or layers upon layers of symbolic meaning, rather it is the novels attitude concerning literature, where upon every page Melville explores the limitless nature of what literature is and what it can be. This paper will explore the novels status as a somewhat cenotaph by examining the distinctive Chapter seven, “The Chapel”, as well as the opening “Etymology” and “Extracts,” “The Lee Shore” in Chapter 23, and finally “Cetology” in Chapter Thirty-two; as it is between these pages and chapters that authenticate the novels function as a form of memorialization. Actually, even the book’s dedication to Hawthorne bares remarkable likeness to the cenotaphs mounted on the wall of the Chapel an example that can be used to reveal the purpose of cenotaphs and why Ishmael has the desire to insert them in the text. This paper will specifically examine Ishmael’s visit to the Whaleman’s Chapel, where he meditates on sailors who have “placelessly perished without a grave” and are honored by memorial tablets which he regards as somewhat “bitter blanks”, preserving the memory of those lost (Melville, 73). Thus Moby‑Dick can too be described as a “bitter blank,” as it is a text struggling to be written, yet it allows an opportunity to preserve one’s story as it instills a person within the written words, ultimately becoming the utmost memorial for oneself (Melville, 73). This essay will…

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