Typee | Study Guide

Herman Melville

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Typee Study Guide." Course Hero. 2 Apr. 2018. Web. 6 July 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Typee/>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2018, April 2). Typee Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved July 6, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Typee/

In text

(Course Hero, 2018)



Course Hero. "Typee Study Guide." April 2, 2018. Accessed July 6, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Typee/.


Course Hero, "Typee Study Guide," April 2, 2018, accessed July 6, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Typee/.


Typee infographic thumbnail


Herman Melville

Year Published






Perspective and Narrator

The events of Typee are related in the first person by Tom, a scholarly voice, who tells the story of an escaped sailor and later captive called Tommo. It's likely that the two are the same person. It may also be true that Tom is an extension of Melville, as the text has some qualities of memoir.


Typee is written primarily in the present tense.

About the Title

The full title is Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life. The name Typee comes from the people of the Tai Pi valley who live on the island of Nuku Hiva (Nukuheva). Because Tommo is captive on the island for only four months, his understanding of Polynesian life is merely a "peep."


This study guide and infographic for Herman Melville's Typee offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from Amazon.com
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Typee? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes