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Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Introduction
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Plot Summary
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Themes
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Quotes
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Characters
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Symbols
Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Michael Gerard Bauer
Historical Context of Don’t Call Me Ishmael
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- Full Title: Don’t Call Me Ishmael
- When Written: 2005
- Where Written: Brisbane, Australia
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Novel, Bildungsroman, Issue Novel
- Setting: St. Daniel’s School for Boys, an Australian secondary school
- Climax: Ishmael chooses not to embarrass Barry in his speech to the school.
- Antagonist: Barry Bagsley
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Don’t Call Me Ishmael
Popularity Contest. Though Melville’s novel Moby-Dick has, since its publication, gone from extremely unpopular to a famous “Great American Novel” (and its opening line, “Call me Ishmael,” has become one of the best-known lines in literature), the name Ishmael hasn’t enjoyed quite the same success. A version of the name (Ismael) is somewhat popular in Spanish-speaking countries, but in the United States, fewer than 1,000 babies are named Ishmael every year.
Rugby vs. Football. In the original Australian edition of Don’t Call Me Ishmael, the sporting event against Churchill Boys Grammar is a rugby match. The sport was changed to American football in the U.S. edition of the novel.