Herman Melville

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The White Whale

Moby Dick, or the White Whale, is not just the dominant symbol of the novel Moby Dick—he is also one of the most recognizable symbols in 19th-century American literature. At various points throughout… read analysis of The White Whale

The Rope (the Line)

In Chapter 60 of Moby Dick, Ishmael describes the line, or hempen rope, attached to the end of the harpoon used on the whale-boat, and thrown at a whale in order to kill it… read analysis of The Rope (the Line)