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Lindsay Lastinger AP Language and Composition Coach Allen Moby Dick- Essay IV November 11, 2009 Ishmael’s Survival Ishmael alone survives at the end of the novel because of his definitive characteristic of being an isolationist. Throughout Moby Dick Herman Melville emphasizes the fact that Ishmael is an outsider by nature, and for this reason he is able to make deeper, more insightful connections in life. Ishmael’s isolationist qualities appear in the very first line of the novel, and culminate at the end of the novel as he is the only man to make it off the Pequod alive. In the opening line of the novel, Ishmael simply yet directly states, “…Call me Ishmael…” Melville’s choice of the name Ishmael parallels to a story in the book of Genesis in the Bible. In the book of Genesis, Ishmael is the illegitimate child of Abraham by a servant named Hagar. In the story Ishmael’s younger brother, Isaac, inherits the covenant of the Lord rather than him and Ishmael is rejected by his family in favor of Isaac. In the book of Genesis,
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