Mythology in "Moby Dick" Book Review by cee-cee

Mythology in "Moby Dick"
An examination of "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville and its mythological references to horrible creatures.
# 109412 | 710 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2008 in Literature (American) , Literature (Mythology) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the common themes in mythology reflecting the fears, emotions and flaws of the human mind as well as the classic struggle against horrible creatures with the power and potential to destroy those who are unfortunate enough to cross paths with the beasts. The paper specifically focuses on the mythological story of "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville. It discusses not only Moby Dick as a horrible creature, but also the obsession that Ahab has with the whale and his view of it as the root of all evil in the world.

Table of Contents:
Ahab's Obsession Explained
What Moby Dick Represents Symbolically
Moby Dick as Mythological Creature

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bercovitch, Sacvan, and Myra Jehlen, eds. Ideology and Classic American Literature. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  • Cahir, Linda Costanzo. Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Gale, Robert L. A Herman Melville Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.
  • Gupta, R.K. "Moby-Dick and Schopenhauer." International Fiction Review 31.1-2 (2004): 1+.
  • Hillway, Tyrus, and Luther S. Mansfield, eds. Moby-Dick Centennial Essays. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 1953.

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