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Unformatted text preview: Dustin Paluch Professor Schwartz FSP 101-13 21 September 2009 Deity – A sign from God In Freud’s The Uncanny , he describes death as a “necessary fate of every living creature,” but then goes on to express thought that death was “perhaps avoidable.” Ishmael is beginning to assemble facts, myths, and stories about the infamous Moby-Dick. He notices that sperm whales have begun to attack more ships recently and many sailors believe these attacks have supernatural origin, possibly stemming from Moby-Dick himself. Ishmael has also found that many sailors believe Moby Dick can be in two places at once because sailors from different ships have “spotted” and harpooned the white whale, who only vanishes moments later unscaved. Ishmael comes to the conclusion that even the wildest of rumors usually contains some truth in them. “What the white whale was to Ahab, was what he [Ahab] was to me.” To Ishmael, whiteness “enhances beauty,” and through Christian faith, white is represents the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course EVERYTHING 101 taught by Professor Variety during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.
- Spring '11
- Moby-Dick, The White Whale, The Ship, Ishmael, Captain Ahab