Moby Dick Essay - Critical Essays

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Topic #1
Discuss the significance of at least six of the nine gams the Pequod has with other ships. Provide a brief description of the gam and then explain its significance.

Outline
I. Thesis Statement: The gams provide contrast, show varying attitudes to Moby Dick, and contribute to major themes.

II. The Albatross
A. Appearance and name
B. Theme of alienation

III. The Town-Ho
A. Congenial atmosphere
B. Attitude toward Moby Dick

IV. The Jeroboam
A. Significance of name
B. Attitude toward Moby Dick
C. Theme of alienation

V. The Samuel Enderby
A. Captain Boomer
B. Attitude toward Moby Dick
C. Theme of alienation
D. Theme of the unity of man

VI. The Rachel
A. Captain Gardiner
B. Theme of alienation
C. Theme of the unity of man

VII. The Delight
A. Appearance and name
B. Attitude toward Moby Dick
C. Theme of alienation

Topic #2
Discuss the multiple symbolic meanings of the sea, the coffin, the doubloon, and Moby Dick. Explain the thematic implications of this multiplicity of meaning.

Outline
I. Thesis Statement: By investing the major symbols of the novel with multiple meanings, Melville suggests that the...

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