by Herman Melville
Lawn Gnome Publishing
What is it about Moby Dick that makes it a great book? Known for its opening line “Call me Ishmael” and the metaphorical literary giant, the white whale, Moby Dick continues to be one of the most significant pieces of literature ever written.
There are a number of important symbols. The story is told somewhat allegorically, with each character or object in the tale having its own meaning. Among these things are the whaling ship the Pequod, which symbolizes doom, Moby Dick the whale, which stands for contradiction and the uncontrollable things in life, and a sailor’s coffin, which represent both life and death. All of these symbols are used brilliantly by Melville, and help the reader to understand the meaning of the book.
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