Moby-Dick Forum Response #1
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The first twenty-five chapters of Moby-Dick are structured significantly around encounters between Ishmael and different characters and experiences. Choose one such encounter as your focus, and explain what it tells us about Ishmael.
Which of the following conceptual definitions from Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s “Monster Culture” is most useful in exploring the relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg as it has developed thus far?
his overconfidence on having so perfectly handled the murder may be a mask for unconscious
insecurity (Poe 320).
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. “Monster Culture: Seven Theses.” Monster Theory: Reading Culture, edited by
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, University of Minnesota Press, 1996, pp. 3-25.
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. 3rd Norton Critical Edition, Norton, 2017.
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