How Would The Characters Of "The Scarlet Letter" See The White Whale Of Melville's "Moby Dick"


How Would the Characters of "The Scarlet Letter" See the White Whale of
In Melville's Moby Dick our narrator, Ishmael, has a unique view on
the great white whale. "...all these are but subtle deceits, not actually
inherent in substances, but only laid on from without; so that all deified
Nature absolutely paints like the harlot, whose allurement's cover nothing
but the charnel-house within..." By examining his remarks, we can tell he
is a very down-to-earth man; however, Melville uses a common theme of "how
do you know for sure". He is saying, many times throughout the novel, that
maybe nothing has any meaning. Despite this, Ishmeal gives numerous
examples of what white can mean (i.e. ...

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comparison is between Hester Prynne and Ishmael. Hester Prynne is a brave
lady who faces her sin, as seen in her ability to face severe ridicule on
the scaffold. Ishmael is a brave young man who handles any conflict with a
strong will, as seen in his agreement to sign onto a whaling ship without
knowing the captain. It is also seen in his ability to share a bed with a
stranger, and share in his religious activities, and to eventually make a
life long committment to the stranger. Hester Prynne is a loving woman who
never reveals the identity of her lover to spare him, she puts someone
else'e needs before her own. She accepts the consequences of the nature of
her sin. It is clear that Ishmael has understanding and compassion, he too
can live and accept the natural world. Hawthorne portrays Hester as a
victim of many thing, especially as a victim to Chillingworth's selfishness.
Hester, while apologizing for not revealing the identity of Chillingworth,
says "I have ...

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