Moby Dick or the Whale
Ajmera 1 Akhil Ajmera APLang 29 July 2014 Moby Cock or the Whale Gadget: Irony Quote with context: The book starts with Ishmael saying, “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a moist, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I discover myself involuntarily pausing before casket warehouses, and bringing up the back of every funeral service I meet … then, I account it about time to get to sea as quickly as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.” (Melville 1) Analysis: The quote shows that Ishmael goes to the sea whenever he starts to feel bad. This owever is rather paradoxical due to the fact that by the end of the book he winds up with a great deal of issues since he heads out to the sea. This likewise shows the style of nature of how Ishmael used to go to the sea to discover peace however it didn’t always end up that method. Device: Allusion Quote with context: While Ishmael was strolling through New Bedford trying to find a location to remain, “he came to a smoky light proceeding from a low, large building, the door of which stood invitingly open. It had a careless appearance, as if it were implied for the uses of the general public; so, going into, the first thing I did was to stumble over an ash-box in the patio.
Ha! thought I, ha, as the flying particles practically choked me, are these ashes from that damaged city, Gomorrah? However “The Crossed Harpoons,” and the “The Sword-Fish? “- this, then should requirements be the indication of “The Trap.” Nevertheless, I chose myself up and hearing a loud voice within, pushed on and opened a 2nd, interior door” (Melville 2). Analysis: The allusion of the Gomorrah shows how Ishmael is religious. The city Gomorrah was mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur’an. Gomorrah was stated to be a city where wicked activities ended up with magnificent intervention hich triggered the damage of their city. It is stated that God consumed the city with fire and brimstone so that is how Ishmael relates the ashes to Gomorrah. Melville alluding to this occasion shows how Ishmael is constantly considering what magnificent intervention may be happening in his life and if he is getting clues if something is going to take place in his life. Gadget: Rhetorical Questions Ajmera 2 Quote with context: When deciding whether or not to join Queequeg for his prayer, Ishmael says, “I was an excellent Christian; born and reproduced in the bosom of the foolproof Presbyterian Church. How hen could I join with this wild idolater in worshipping his piece of wood? But what is praise? thought I. Do you expect now, Ishmael, that the generous God of heaven and earth– pagans and all included– can potentially be jealous of an insignificant bit of black wood? Impossible! But what is worship?– to do the will of God– that is praise. And what is the will of God?– to do to my fellow male what I would have my fellow male to do to me– that is the will of God.” (Melville 10) Analysis: Ishmael factors himself around to doing something that’s particularly forbidden in his faith.
Making use of rhetorical questions just stresses the unpredictabilities that Ishmael feels about his actions in coherence with his religious beliefs. This style of religion demonstrates how Ishmael may be taking religious tolerance to an unreasonable extreme. Nevertheless it does show that Ishmaels beliefs come before any of his other desires. Gadget: Discussion Quote with context: Captain Ahab asks Starbuck when they will go after Moby Dick, “what’s this long face about, Mr. Starbuck; wilt thou not go after the white whale? art not game for Moby Dick?” Then Starbuck replies saying, “I am game for his misaligned jaw, and for the jaws of
Death too, Captain Ahab, if it relatively is available in the way of business we follow; but I came here to hunt whales, not my commander’s revenge. The number of barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab? it will not fetch thee much in our Nantucket market” (Melville 36). Analysis: Melville establishes Starbuck as a reasonable counterpoint to Ahab. While Captain Ahab sees vengeance as an end in itself, Starbuck is more sensible and wants to believe more about the cash then simply attempting to eliminate one whale. Starbuck desires no part in hunting after Moby Cock he would uch rather go after less unsafe whales and be able to make more profit off them. The style of revenge is revealed here by how Starbuck realizes the entire factor of why Captain Ahab is only going after Moby Penis. Device: Images Quote with context: When the narrator is explaining Fedallah he stated, “A rumpled Chinese jacket of black cotton funereally invested him, with wide black trowsers of the same dark stuff. However oddly crowning this ebonness was a glistening white plaited turban, the living hair braided and coiled round and round upon his head. Less swart in element, the companions of this figure ere of that vivid, tiger-yellow skin strange to a few of the aboriginal natives of the Ajmera 3 Manillas;– a race well-known for a certain diabolism of subtilty, and by some sincere white mariners expected to be the paid spies and secret confidential representatives on the water of the devil, their lord, whose counting-room they expected to be somewhere else.” (Melville 48) Analysis: Melville images produces a racial stereotype of a Persian fire worshipper. Melville throughout the book didn’t show any disrespect for any other race however he did leave out the Persians and created them as a bad guy or dark side within Ahab.
This shows the theme of race and how some races are dealt with not as equivalent as others since of stereotypes and individual problems or situations with that certain race. Gadget: Simile Quote with context: While explaining the sea while they are out sailing the narrator stated that the boat, “was while moving through these latter waters that one serene and moonlight night when all the waves rolled by like scrolls of silver; and, by their soft, permeating seethings, made what seemed a silvery silence, not a privacy: on such a silent night a silvery jet was seen far in advance of white bubbles at the bow.
Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and flashing god uprising from the sea” (Melville 51) Analysis: Melville specifies that the waves are like scrolls of silver, which signifies that the waves are slowly moving rolling with dignity under the moonlight. He specifies how the sea looked celestial as it was being illuminated by the moon and relates the seas includes to an uprising God. The theme of faith likewise turns up once again because of the comparison of the sea to God and it being Celestial which is god like. This concept can relate the sea’s value to God and relates back to the mportance of nature in the unique and the repeating notations to God and the Heavens. Device: Allusion and Repetition Quote with context: “It does appear to me, that herein we see the uncommon virtue of a strong private vitality, and the uncommon virtue of thick walls, and the unusual virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, reside in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, keep, O male! n all seasons a temperature level of thine own” (Melville 68) Analysis: Melville alludes to Saint Peter and the allusion not just shows the theme of religion and how he keeps bringing spiritual figures into his story. Melville also utilizes repetition and the repetition explains how people must resemble whales and never ever have issues with the temperature level. This wished to resemble whales reveals the theme of man vs nature and how guy wishes to end up being more like nature. Ajmera 4 Gadget: Pathos Quote with context: When speaking about the whale line the storyteller said, “All males live enveloped n the whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when captured in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals understand the quiet, subtle, ever-present dangers of life.” (Melville 60) Analysis: Melville creates a frightening emotion in the readers by somebody suddenly die because they do not the dangers of whale hunting. The uncertainty people have while people are heading out to go whale searching exists and still people wish to do it. By Melville developing this frightened emotion, the reader can understand the fascination that people have in whale searching.
This fascination is what winds up to be the doom of Captain Ahab. Device: Allusions Quote with context: The narrator states, “Champollion analyzed the old and wrinkly granite hieroglyphics. But there is no Champollion to figure out the Egypt of every male’s and every being’s face. Physiognomy, like every other human science, is however a passing myth. If then, Sir William Jones, who read in thirty languages, could not check out the simplest peasant’s face, in its profounder and more subtle meanings, how may unlettered Ishmael wish to read the terrible Chaldee of the Sperm Whale’s brow? I but put that brow before you.
Check out if it you can.” (Melville 79) Analysis: Ishmael attempts the reader to try and figure out what the whale resembles and also to understand the significance behind the book. The theme displayed in the quote is literature and composing since of the examples of William Jones who check out thirty languages. Likewise Champollion who was a decipher of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Plus the historic referral to chaldee. Gadget: Diction Quote with context: When Captain Ahab asks Captain Boomer to join him on his trip Boomer said, “No, thank ye, Bunger,” stated the English captain, “he’s welcome to the arm he has, since I an’t help it, and didn’t know him then; however not to another one. No more White Whales for me; I’ve reduced for him as soon as, which has actually satisfied me. There would be fantastic splendor in eliminating him, I understand that; and there is a ship-load of precious sperm in him, but, hark ye, he’s finest not to mention; do not you believe so, Captain?” (Melville 100) Ajmera 5 Analysis: The word option of “I have actually decreased for him once, and that has actually pleased me” shows how Captain Boomer realizes the power of the whale and chose that it wasn’t worth risking his life to get the whale. Like Ahab, Boomer has lost a limb to the White Whale, but unlike Ahab, he’s ble to accept this and carry on with his life without getting entirely consumed. Ahab’s desire to take revenge on Moby Dick is so extreme that he isn’t able to let it go and proceed in his life. The theme of vengeance exists here and Ahab has revealed that he has an obsession over this whale like no one else and will go to completion to get Moby Cock. Device: Discussion Quote with context: Starbuck tells Captain Ahab, “What we come twenty thousand miles to get deserves saving, Sir.” Ahab responds, “So it is, so it is; if we get it.” Starbucks then states,”I was speaking of the oil in the hold, Sir. Then Captain Ahab screams, “And I was not speaking or thinking about that at all. Begone! Let it leakage! I’m all a leakage myself. Aye! leakages in leakages! not only filled with leaking casks, but those leaking casks remain in a leaky ship; which’s a far worse predicament than the Pequod’s, male. Yet I don’t stop to plug my leak; for who can discover it in the deep-loaded hull; or how hope to plug it, even if discovered, in this life’s howling wind?” (Melville 109) Analysis: Ahab gives the impression that he can snapping out of his insanity, or “plugging his leakage,” if he wished to, but that it’s so tough as to be nearly impossible and he oesn’t want to anyway. Ahab is indulging in his madness on purpose. The styles of insanity and vengeance are both present here. Not just is Ahab knowingly indulging into his insanity over the whale however he is likewise fueling his revenge with this madness. Gadget: Latin Diction Quote with context: Captain Ahab shouted, “Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli! “, as the malignant iron scorchingly feasted on the baptismal blood” (Melville 113). Analysis: Melville usage of Ahab talking in pseudo-church Latin exposes Ahab’s decision to get the whale.
The line indicates, “I baptize you, NOT in the name of the Daddy, but in the name of the Devil!” He is essentially now confessing that he is discarding every element of his life and focusing himself to get the whale. The theme of revenge is quite clear here due to the fact that Ahab provided his life to pursue Moby Cock. Device: Forshadowing Quote with context: The storyteller stated, “an eagle flew thrice around Tarquin’s head, removing his cap to change it, and therupon Tanaquil, his partner, declared that Tarquin would be king of Rome. Ajmera 6 However only by the replacing of the cap was that omen accounted great.
Ahab’s hat was never ever brought back; this wild hawk flew on and an with it; far in advance of the prow; and at last vanished; while from the point of that disappearance, a minute black spot was poorly recognized, falling from that avast height into the sea”(Melville 130). Analysis: The quote represents foreshadowing since the black bird is thought about a bad omen. When the bird took Tarquin’s hat but then changed it indicated good ideas would occur due to the fact that it was then considered a good omen however, Ahab’s hat wasnt returned and the bird flew away with it. his could mean that something bad might happen to Ahab or his ship given that he was cursed with a bad omen. The theme of religious beliefs is present here because prophecies are typically thought about a divine intervention. Gadget: Diction Quote with context: When Captain Ahab understands that he can’t defeat the whale he states, “Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying however unconquering whale; to the last I come to grips with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all caskets and all hearses to one typical pool! And because neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while till chasing thee, though connected to thee, thou damned whale! Hence, I give up the spear!” (Melville 135). Analysis: Ahab’s statement that he’s going to keep battling the whale with all his strength, even after he understands he’s doomed. Ahab pursues the White Whale: since he hates him, not since it’s a glorious quest or even since he wants to win. Ahab want to eliminate the whale nevertheless nurturing his own vengeance is more vital than mere victory. The theme of vengeance is really present here since Ahab simply wishes to eliminate the whale although he is unable to.