Support the Monkey! Tell All your Friends and Teachers

Help / FAQ


printable study guide online download notes summary


<- Previous | First | Next ->
Barron's Booknotes-Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version

TERM PAPER IDEAS

GENERAL TOPICS

1. Moby-Dick-the whale as fact, the whale as myth

2. The pursuit of control in Moby-Dick

3. The pursuit of knowledge in Moby-Dick

4. Whales as symbols of the unknown

5. Moby-Dick's ending: happy or tragic?

6. The world according to Ahab

7. The world according to Ishmaele

CHARACTER ANALYSIS

1. Ahab as Tragic Hero

2. "My topmost greatness lies in my topmost grief"- Ahab's final triumph

3. Ahab as a symbol of America

4. Fedallah and Ahab, a comparison

5. The Pequod's three mates

6. Father Mapple: Saint or charlatan?

7. A bosom friendship: Ishmael and Queequeg

8. Starbuck-the failure of goodness?

9. Moby-Dick's prophets

10. Pip's madness



LITERARY TECHNIQUE

1. Images of the ocean in Moby-Dick

2. The purpose of the Pequod's gams

3. Melville's metaphors

4. Melville's use of humor

5. "The pasteboard mask"- symbolism in Moby-Dick

6. Images of fire and lightning in Moby-Dick

7. Point of view in Moby-Dick

8. Ahab's omens

9. Classical allusions in Moby-Dick

10. The meaning of the Town-Ho's story

11. Mapple's sermon compared to Fleece's sermon

12. The Pequod as microcosm

13. The meaning of the doubloon

14. Images of looms and weaving in Moby-Dick

15. The coffin as a symbol of life and death

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. Melville's attitude toward religion

2. The vision of brotherhood in Moby-Dick

3. Capitalism and business in Moby-Dick

4. Can there ever be a shark well-governed?

5. The Pequod as a symbol of America

6. Fast-fish and loose-fish-the limits of law

COMPARISONS WITH OTHER WORKS

1. Moby-Dick and Book of Job

2. Moby-Dick and the Book of Jonah

3. Moby-Dick and Melville's earlier novels of the sea: Typee, Omoo, White-Jacket or Redburn

4. Ishmael and Billy Budd

5. Moby-Dick and Shakespeare

Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version
<- Previous | First | Next ->
Barron's Booknotes-Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Google
Web
PinkMonkey

Google
  Web PinkMonkey.com   
Google
  Web Search Our Message Boards   

All Contents Copyright © 1997-2004 PinkMonkey.com
All rights reserved. Further Distribution Is Strictly Prohibited.


About Us
 | Advertising | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Home Page
This page was last updated: 5/9/2017 8:51:49 AM