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Herman Melvilles Moby Dick


Moby Dick is a famous American novel written by one of the greatest authors Herman Melville . The novel is about a whaling voyage . The novel actually faces criticism , but still is considered to be great and unique . In the present we will stress on the meaning of cannibalism in the novel . For that we will take Chapter 65 . We will prove that Moby Dick ' is a real encyclopedia of the American romanticism

Herman Melville 's ' Moby Dick


Moby Dick has secured the author 's reputation in the first

rank of all American . Firstly , the novel was published in the expurgated form and was called The Whale . It was published in 1851 (Bryant 37 Moby Dick ' is an encyclopedia of the American romanticism . Here there are thousands of private observations , concerning the developments of the American bourgeois democracy and the American public consciousness These observations were made by and poets , the predecessors of Melville . Here we can see the united protest of the American romantic idea against bourgeois and capitalistic progress in its national American forms

Meaning of cannibalism

In the present we will discuss the meaning of cannibalism in the novel (Delbanco 26 . The famous citation of the chapter 65 contains deep sense that deserves thorough analysis : Cannibals ? who is not a cannibal ? I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee , I say , in the day of judgment than for thee , civilized and enlightened gourmand , who nailest geese to the ground and feastest on their bloated livers in thy pate-de-foie-gras (Melville 242

Moby dick is also educational and true , because Romanticism believed that fiction had to be the only vehicle to describe the history of the past . The intention was to make the story interesting (Bryant 14 . To understand the original meaning of cannibalism in the

novel it is important to establish principles which Melville has built the narration on . The attitude towards cannibals is described better in the story Typee . The connection with this story helps us understand the meaning of the abovementioned citation from Moby Dick . Pictures of savages ' life drawn by writer bear all features of "an ideal life Melville admired the life of the tribe , but we can 't but notice however , that he was not going to offer the reader a happy life of savages as the sample for imitation . The poetic pictures drawn by the writer have another meaning . They are created for comparison with contemporary bourgeois civilization (Delbanco 26

According to Melville , Bourgeois civilization , in the kind it existed at the beginning of XIX century , had no future "Ideality " of savages in has two aspects : natural and public (Bryant 37 . In natural aspect the savage is ideal because it is fine , and it is fine because has kept the features of the physical shape lost by the civilized person (Bryant 15


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