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Chapter Four: Melville's Furious Life

Geoffrey Sanborn

in Whipscars and Tattoos

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751693
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751693.003.0004
Chapter Four: Melville's Furious Life

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This final chapter argues that the crucial quality that Queequeg brings to Moby-Dick is the same one that was so powerfully associated with the Maori in general and Te Pehi Kupe in particular: a fiercely majestic pride. This is what makes it possible for Queequeg to read Moby Dick not as a symbol of evil, as Ahab does, or as an instructively baffling object of interpretation, as Ishmael does, but as a version of himself, a worthy and uncannily familiar rival. It is, the chapter suggests, exactly how we are encouraged to read Moby Dick: as a magnified incarnation of our own life-force, spouting his, and our, “frothed defiance to the skies.”

Keywords: Melville; Moby-Dick; Queequeg; Maori

Chapter.  17943 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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