"Moby Dick is biographic of Melville in the sense that it discloses
every nook and cranny of his imagination." (Humford 41) This paper is a
psychological study of Moby Dick.
Moby Dick was written out of Melville's person
Moby Dick is a story of the adventures a person named Ishmael.
Ishmael is a
lonely, alienated individual who wants to see the "watery part of the world."
Dick begins with the main character, Ishmael, introducing himself with the line
"Call Me Ishmael." (Melville 1)
Ishmael tells the reader about his background and
creates a depressed mood for the reader. Call me Ishmael.
"Some years ago-
nevermind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing
particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see
the watery part of the world." (Melville 1)
Ishmael tells the reader about his
journeys through various towns such as New Bedford, Nankantuket.
in Nankantuket, Ishmael signed up for a whaling voyage on the Pequod.
was the whaling boat Ishmael sailed on where such characters as Queequeq, Starbuck,
and the captain of the ship, Ahab, all journeyed together.
Not long once at sea, the captain of the ship, Ahab reveals his plan to hunt
down a white whale named Moby Dick. Ahab was veteran sailor, a man that had a heart
Ahab had a personal grudge against Moby Dick.
Moby Dick was responsible
for taking off Ahab's leg in a previous voyage. Ahab's plan was essentially an
unauthorized takeover, what the whaling company had not in mind.
Ahab was very
irrational and ludicrous; his plan seals the fate for himself and the crew of the
In the tragic ending of Moby Dick, all of the characters die except for
Ishmael. Ishmael survived Moby Dick's attack of the ship with the help of a coffin
that his close friend Queequeq built.
Ishmael of Moby Dick
was a special
character because he closely relates to the author's own life.
There are many
symbolism's between Ishmael of Moby Dick and Herman Melville's own life.
Ishmael can be traced back to the Bible.
The Biblical story of Ishamel is one of a
This "rejected outcast" can be linked to Ishmael of Moby Dick
and Herman Melville's own life.
In Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael is
symbolic of the author's own life.
Herman Melville's childhood played an important part in his life.
Melville's childhood is evident throughout his writings.
childhood was an unconventional one.
There were many twists and turns that Herman
Melville was born on August 1, 1819, in New York City, the third of
His mother's family the Gansevoorts of Albany were Dutch brewers
who settled in Albany in the seventeenth century achieving the status of landed
"The Gansevoorts were solid, stable, eminent, prosperous people; the
(Herman's Father's side) Melvilles were somewhat less successful materially,
possessing an unpredictable. erratic, mercurial strain." (Edinger 6) This