The Scarlett Letter and Moby Dick

Two distinguished authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, were the only two anti-transcendentalist novelists. They focussed their novels on limitations and the potential destructiveness of the human spirit rather than on its possibilities (The American Experience 301). Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Melville’s Moby Dick, are tales of sin, guilt, obsession and destruction. From out […]

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Moby Dick

“Long days and nights we strained at the oars while a white whale swam freely on, widening the waters between himself and Ahab’s vengeance,” Ishmael said describing the ships encounter with Moby Dick. Ahab is obsessed, to the point of being disturbed, with this unique white whale. Ahab showed much pride in their journey, something […]

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Moby Dick

Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819, the third of eight children born to Maria Gansevoort Melville and Allan Melville, a prosperous importer of foreign goods. When the family business failed at the end of the 1820s, the Melvilles relocated to Albany in an attempt to revive their fortunes. A string of […]

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Symbol and Themes Essay

Symbols and themes are a main priority in every authors writing. Some relating to what is going on in the present, and what went on in the past. Another way writers use symbols is expressing them through certain life situations. Also a theme is a method that helps readers understand the story that they are […]

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