The Relationship Between Queequeg And Ishmael And The Reader 's Basis Of Time And Events

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Narration is an important part of any novel, because it solidifies the relationship between the storyteller and the reader, and is the novel’s basis of time and events. The narrator of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is Ishmael, whose process of storytelling is very detailed and intricate. The character of Ishmael extracts from an extensive amount of material and often goes on rants as he discourses his telling from the actual events of the story. Ishmael forms many relationships with the other characters throughout the novel, but arbitrarily the most important is his relationship with Queequeg and its development over time. Cultural and social differences play a vital role in life, just as what is portrayed within the relationship between Queequeg and Ishmael. Judgment can be passed when presented with the opportunity and that is evident in the beginning stages of Ishmael’s relationship with Queequeg. By not knowing who Queequeg is, Ishmael is hasty to make judgments by categorizing Queequeg when he says, “Depend upon it, landlord, that harpooner is a dangerous man” (Melville, 32). Ishmael finds comfort in knowing that even though he has yet to meet the character of Queequeg, he has already put him into a category of his own. Having done so, Ishmael can predict what Queequeg will be like or have some sort of idea of how this character will act. While he lies in bed and analyzes what his first interaction with Queequeg will be like, Ishmael begins to ponder about his soon to…

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