American Literature H. Melville

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American Literature H. Melville

  1. 1. American Literature Herman Melville Raffaele Nardella http://www.isd2184.net/pages/ReadingCounts/Images/melville.jpg
  2. 2. Life and Works <ul><li>Born in New York (1819) </li></ul><ul><li>Family’s bankrupt </li></ul><ul><li>Several jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Whaling ship </li></ul><ul><li>French Polynesia </li></ul><ul><li>Early works in USA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redburn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White-Jacket </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Moby Dick no success </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence Man </li></ul><ul><li>Financial straits </li></ul><ul><li>Job in the Custom House </li></ul><ul><li>Died in 1891 </li></ul><ul><li>Rediscovered ( Billy Budd ) </li></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://sauvage27.blogspot.com/2008/01/moby-dick-herman-melville.html
  3. 3. Moby Dick <ul><li>A ponderous novel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long Digressions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classifications of whales </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Factual information about whale industry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speculations on God, Nature and free will </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flashback narratives about characters </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/catalog/soundtrackdetail.php?movieid=9451 Raffaele Nardella
  4. 4. Moby Dick <ul><li>A quest romance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbolism of Journey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sea voyage -> Inner search and confrontation between limited human self and unlimites hostile nature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ishmael’s adventure -> Rite of passage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pequod -> Microcosm as Noah’s Ark </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ahab’s obsession -> Persuit of knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/moby-dick-DVDfiles.jpg Raffaele Nardella

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