21 - Personifying it, supernatural whale A whale that is...

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American Literature Notes 19:00 Emerson’s Nature Manifesto Criticism of great artist, instead … BE a great artist Abandon history, abandon past, and abandon culture Only original things are you, nature, and divinity Make your own void into nature, and demand that divinity reveal itself to you now  in your own person Existence proceeds being “He sees not the shark’s mouth of life” Moby Dick: doing what Emerson has said what to do Question for nature Nature: the world flood, endless nature, filled with the endless cannibalism of the  sea, you think the flood of Noah has gone away, no it still covers 4/5ths of the  earth, all beneath you, all strange and violent and terrible  Find what is nature What does the whale mean? Choice of the natural whale and the supernatural whale
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Unformatted text preview: Personifying it, supernatural whale A whale that is seen multiple locations at the same time, spectral presence Whale that is vengeful Whale: romantic symbol, not a symbol of anything in particular, but just a symbol White whale is the heaped up indignities of mankind In particular heights of life, then you get to see a kind of ghostly indication of what is wearing that mask (mask is nature) Only way out is through smashing through the wall of appearance Whale wale is that wall On a quest for God Instead of interpreting the bible to do that, God is behind the appearances of Nature God is utterly unkind and hates us If there is a God, he is no gentleman 19:00 19:00...
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