Herman Melville


        The novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville is a classic novel about a young man named Ishmael who is in a quest to find a whaling ship. On his way to Nantucket, Ishmael had to stop atNew Bedford to get some rest before accomplishing his journey. He then stops at an Inn to get rest but to his surprise, he had to share a room with another man. Being tired and sleepy, he decided to accept the offer. His roommate  happened to be Queequeg,  a cannibal that was excellent with his harpoon. After a couple of misunderstandings, they were able to become friends.

            Queequeg and Ishmael signed up to sail in the Pequod, which was the ship that they had decided to travel in. Even though they had many warnings not to do so. For the first couple of days the captain of the ship, Arab, wouldn't present himself in front of his crew. Once he did there was something that troubled the crew members. Their captain had a large scar on his body, as well as a  wooden foot. He later told his crew members that a bag full of gold would be given to any man that first spots the great white whale, Moby Dick. Everyone on the ship was excited for their new adventure, except Starbuck who believed that the captain's request would endanger everyone on the ship. For Moby Dick had been responsible for the captain losing his leg.

            The Pequod, on its journey, found other boats at sea that would tell the captain the directions of the whale. Having been told that the last appearance of the whale had been close to the Cape of Good Hope, the boat set sale for that direction. On their way they encountered a group of sperm whales, and they were able to take out their harpoons and finally have some excitement on their journey.

            As their journey continued, Arab interrogated other ships that he encountered. Despite their disapprovals and warnings against trying to conquer Moby Dick, Arab wouldn't listen to them. Queebeq was then taken ill and many believed he wouldn’t make it. This was why a coffin was made which would later turn out be ironic, for the coffin would end up saving someone's life. But fortunately, Queebeaq recovered.

            Finally, came the day came when Moby Dick was spotted. Arab was the first to notice the whale. The crew got excited and got ready to slaughter this magnificent whale. As Arab was about to strike the whale, Moby Dick went underneath their boat and destroyed it. Moby Dick would later  become restless and destroy the rest of the boats that the crew members were on. Everyone was lost at sea except Ishmael, who survived by grabbing hold of Queebeaq's coffin.



The novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville contains morality, effective language, truthfulness, and timelessness. This is why it’s considered a classic novel that makes it worthy of being canonized, and studied by other people.

            The morality of the novel relates to people being able to hear their inner self’s for if Ishmael had  listened to what Elijah had said " Look ye; when Captain Arab is all right, then this left arm of mine will be all right; not before" (Melville 73). This is suggesting that he be careful with the Captain, for even though he is described as a caring captain he has faults. Even though This event foreshadows the danger of being under the command of Caption Arab.

The language in the novel is effective, for it makes a more realistic perception of the story. It helps readers visualize what is occurring in the novel and to be able to understand what they are feeling. During Ishmael's first conversation with Queebueg he says " Landkiard, for Go's sake, Peter Coffin. Landlord! Watch! Coffin! Angles! Save Me!" (Melville 31). This helps readers understand how scared Ishmael is, for he believes that he will not be able to survive. He believes he is alone and only they can help him survive.

There is much truthfulness in the novel. For when Arab was sailing to find Moby Dick, we know that the outcome of the search couldn't have been any different. For we know of the whale's magnificent strength since no one has never been able to conquer the whale. Those who do try usually end up dying or being injured badly.

            The timelessness of the novel emerges in the form of two eternal themes: obsession vs. revenge. If it wouldn't have been Arab's obsession to capture Moby Dick, he would still have been alive. For even though Moby Dick had destroyed the ship and everything in it, Arab being in a boat had said " Down! down all of ye, but one man at the fore. The boats stand by" (Melville 350). This shows that Arab's obsession is more than he can handle. For it's the second day that the crew has been on their hunting boats and they still haven't been able to slaughter Moby Dick. The whale, being extremely powerful, will then certainly seek revenge on the crew members for not leaving him alone.
                        This is why I believe the novel Moby Dick is a classical novel. It effectively encapsulates all the elements a novel must contain to be considered a classic.




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