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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.
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 for Herman Melville's Typee offers 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.