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Click the character infographic to download. What could be simpler than a story of exploration from an ordinary young sailor? If we think of a narrator as a lens through which we view the events of a story, then Ishmael, as a first person narrator, is the one lens that we can actually see.

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The book is sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahabcaptain of the whaling ship Pequodfor revenge on Moby Dickthe giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissancethe work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in

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Type of Work. Moby Dick actual title: Moby-Dick, or the Whale is a novel of epic proportions with characteristics of Greek and Elizabethan stage tragedies. Melville completed the book at Arrowhead, Mass.

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An allusion is a mention to a well-known individual, topographic point, event, literary work, or work of art. Thompson Writers frequently use scriptural and fabulous allusions to which their readers are familiar.

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So too began my journey aboard the Pequod as I set sail from the harbor of the Lookingglass Theater this past Sunday, swept away in their matinee performance of Moby Dick. The whole of the theater enveloped the audience in the eerie depths of the haunting tale, taking us into the bowels of the ship or the whale himself; it was impossible to distinguish which. The formidable sea came to life, and the brilliant cast lured the audience like a siren into the seafaring adventure.

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Our study guide is designed to help teachers and students better understand the story, its historical context, and explore what makes it an epic tale. Moby-Dick - The white bull sperm whale who is the object of all of Captain Ahab's wrath, the main antagonist in the novel. Ishmael - A crew member of the Pequod and narrator of the story.

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Elijah sees Ishmael again, and asks him if he is going aboard, then attempts to detain him. However, Ishmael and Queequeg board the Pequod, where they find everything quiet. Ishmael believes that he sees shadows on board, and he and Queequeg awake the chief mate of the ship, Starbuck.

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Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Chapter 19 is only a few pages long, but it has great significance for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.

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Orest may take his first name from Orestes, the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who avenged his father's death by killing his mother and her lover. The Classical allusion repositions Orest as a mythological origin who blends both Greek myth and Biblical allusions by returning to Eden and confronting the serpent with his indeterminate lineage. The binary extends to the quasi-palindromic nature of his name, beginning and ending with "or. Moby-Dick is far beyond its time in reference to its use of allusion within its text.

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