Foreshadowing of Death in Moby Dick

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In Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, a repeating theme of death is seen throughout the book. A casket appears at the start of the book and at the end of the book, Ishmael sees a large oil painting that foreshadows and represents lots of things and events that follow in the book, and Fedallah makes a prediction speaking about hearses and predicts Ahab’s death. Ishmael remains at The Sprouter-Inn, whose proprietor was a guy named Peter Casket. In the end, Ishmael holds on to a coffin for over a day until saved by another boat.

The image Ishmael sees contains many things seen later in the book, such as a whale and a horrible storm. Fedallah’s prediction of hearses and hemp show to be real. Moby Cock begins and ends with a casket. At the beginning of the book, Ishmael talk with Peter Coffin, the owner of The Sprouter-Inn, for a place to remain. He does not have any open spaces so Ishmael is required to space with Queequeg whom he does not meet till after he goes to sleep. When Queequeg walks in, Ishmael states, “Property owner, for God’s sake, Peter Casket! Landlord! View! Coffin! Angels! conserve me! (Melville, 23) This quotation foreshadows the event later in the story when Ishmael will once again need a casket’s assistance. In the epilogue, it is explained, “the coffin life-buoy shot lengthwise from the sea, tipped over, and floated by my side. Buoyed up by that coffin, for practically one entire day and night, I drifted on a soft dirge-like main.” (Melville, 552) In both circumstances, a casket rescues Ishmael. Ishmael studies an oil portrait in The Sprouter-Inn that foreshadows and signifies many things that are seen later in the story. Melville explains the image,

The image represents a Cape-Horner in an excellent cyclone; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring tidy over the craft, remains in the enormous act of impaling itself upon the three mast-heads. (Melville, 11) The fist example of foreshadowing is that the painting is an oil painting and the whale hunters try to get the oil from the whales. The typhoon foreshadows the excellent storm which Ahab refuses to turn back from. The ship represents the Pequod and the 3 masts represent the three days to try to record the white whale.

The whale represents the white whale which Ahab look for. And the whale’s act of impaling itself expects the whale being harpooned and the death of everyone on the ship except for Ishmael. Fedallah makes a prophecy regarding Ahab’s death and of other things which will all become true. Fedallah states, “? two hearses must verily be seen by thee on the sea; the first not made by mortal hands; and the visible wood of the last one must be grown in America? Hemp only can eliminate thee.” (Melville, 478-479) Fedallah’s prediction proves to be true.

On the third day of the chase, Moby Dick is spotted with Fedallah on his back. Ahab then states, “Aye Parsee! I see thee again.? Aye, and thou goest before; and this, this then is the hearse that thou didst guarantee. However I hold thee to the last letter of thy word. Where is the 2nd hearse?” (Melville, 545) After the whale fatally injuries the ship, Ahab realizes that the ship was the second hearse. Ahab tosses one last harpoon at the whale, but the rope ended up being caught around his legs and he was tossed into the water and hurled to his death, which makes Fedallah’s entire prediction real.

In Moby Cock, by Herman Melville, there were numerous things that foreshadowed death for later in the story. Ishmael research studies an oil picture of a ship in a cyclone assaulting a whale, which is a microcosm of Ishmael’s journey in the story. Fedallah made a prophecy about death that becomes real. And finally, the unique ends in death for all however Ishmael, who lives since his pal Queequeg’s coffin serves as a buoy, which emerges from the sunken Pequod. 684 words 5 quotes

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