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  1. Moby Dick (1851) by Herman MELVILLE (1819-1891)
  2. The white whale <ul><li>It’s far more than a natural creature </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a symbol of of the hidden and mysterious forces of nature </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the personification of the evil in the world </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a mirror of mankind’s quest for a reason for existence </li></ul><ul><li>Its hunt stands for the archetypal conflict between man and nature </li></ul>
  3. The whiteness of the whale <ul><li>Absence of colour </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of meaning </li></ul><ul><li>An entire chapter is dedicated to the whiteness of the whale </li></ul>
  4. Ahab <ul><li>A tragic and titanic hero who -during his quest for the whale- </li></ul><ul><li>equals himself to God </li></ul><ul><li>has established a sort of alliance with the devil </li></ul>
  5. American features <ul><li>pioneering the mystery of the sea </li></ul><ul><li>mixture of races </li></ul><ul><li>emphasising the strength and experience of the American whale hunters </li></ul>
  6. Language and style <ul><li>everyday, colloquial speech </li></ul><ul><li>a highly symbolical style, </li></ul><ul><li>dictionary definitions, </li></ul><ul><li>different foreign languages, </li></ul><ul><li>quotations, </li></ul><ul><li>detailed descriptions of tools and anatomy, </li></ul><ul><li>political speech, </li></ul><ul><li>theological lectures, </li></ul><ul><li>soliloquies, asides, dialogue, stage directions </li></ul>
  7. Narrative techniques <ul><li>Melville used a wide variety of techniques </li></ul><ul><li>The FIRST-PERSON narrator is completed by the OMNISCIENT narrator </li></ul><ul><li>Irony and parody are employed </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic techniques are used in some scenes (< Shakespeare) </li></ul>
  8. Sources <ul><li>Whale hunters narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Ulysses journey (Ahab’s voyage) </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible (Jonah) </li></ul><ul><li>Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner </li></ul><ul><li>(parallel  the Mariner & Ishmael) </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic poets and their symbolical use of nature </li></ul>

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