Close Reading Action to “Moby Penis”
Close Reading: Moby Dick by Herman Melville LaQuita Johnson Honors American Literature 1 Tues/Thurs/ 9:00 am/ Stone June 16, 2013 LaQuita Johnson Honors American Lit. 1 T-TR/9:00/ Stone June 16, 2013 Moby Penis Close Reading Reaction At length, by dint of much twitching, and loud and incessant expostulations upon the unbecomingness of his hugging a fellow male because matrimonial sort of style, I succeeded in extracting a grunt; and presently, he drew back his arm, shook himself all over like a Newfoundland canine simply from the water, and stayed up in bed, stiff as a pike-staff, looking at me, and rubbing his eyes as if he did not completely keep in mind how I came to be there, though a dim consciousness of knowing something about me seemed slowly dawning over him.
Meanwhile, I lay quietly considering him, having no severe misgivings now, and bent upon narrowly observing so curious an animal. When, at last, his mind seemed comprised touching the character of his bedfellow, and he became, as it were, fixed up to the truth; he jumped out upon the floor, and by particular signs and sounds gave me to understand that, if it pleased me, he would dress very first and after that leave me to dress later on, leaving the entire apartment to myself.
Thinks I, Queequeg, under the situations, this is a really civilized overture; but, the fact is, these savages have a natural sense of special, say what you will; it is splendid how essentially polite they are; I pay this particular compliment to Queequeg, due to the fact that he treated me with a lot civility and consideration, while I was guilty of great rudeness; gazing at him from the bed, and viewing all his toilette movements; for the time my curiosity overcoming my breeding. Nevertheless, a man like Queequeg you don’t see every day, he and his methods were well worth uncommon relating to” (3,4)?.
Although it tends to run-on, the rhythm of this passage is easy to follow. It shows Ishmael, the storyteller’s train of idea, which likewise tends to stream sporadically, as one’s ideas frequently do. Repeating is shown in usage of the words pet dog, breeding, animal, and savage to bring to light the narrator’s sensation of superiority in concerns to Queequeg. Parallelism is shown in Ishmael’s attitude of supremacy versus Queequeg’s attitude of inability. This was possibly done to provide a sneak peek into the irony later on shown. Later we will explore this repeating and parallel in more detail.
Irony is characterized as Ishmael realizes it is he who has behaved uncivilized, and Queequg who has behaved in a more civilized way. This helps the reader to see the wrongfulness of Ishmael’s pre-judgment. Imagery is displayed through the description of Queequeg shaking himself all over, related to a “Newfoundland canine” to highlight the bias and intolerance that is Ishmael’s nature. In the beginning, this passage strongly displays apprehension and small implications of homosexuality. This tactful way in which the author picks to present homosexuality is likely due to the society in this age’s strong refutation of such conduct.
The first line shows the narrator’s objection to being welcomed in a “matrimonial sort of design” by Queequeg, calling such an action “unbecoming”. The body movement, brought to life by descriptive words such as “wriggling, loud and perpetual expostulations, brightens the strength of Ishmael’s objections. As Queequeg wakes up, he is described to be in rather of a daze, and having actually awakened “as stiff as a pike-staff”. Ishmael also explains Queequeg upon awakening as “though a dim consciousness of understanding something about me appeared slowly dawning over him”.
The time frame in which they are awakening is translated as if in reference to sexual bliss, perhaps like one who has actually awakened from a one night stand. The phrase “under the situations” also highlights the unusualness and awkwardness of the situation, which likewise attributes to the storyteller’s tone of bewilderment. He is completely befuddled by Queequeg’s actions. To him these actions are uncommon and uncivilized. Later on in the passage Ishmael shows a small tolerance. He mentions that under the situations, Queequeg’s deal to enable him to dress in privacy is a “extremely civilized overture”.
This is a turning point in concerns to Ishmael’s attitude of superiority; nevertheless, although he speaks favorably here, there is a condescending tone to this declaration. It indicates that Queequeg is not typically civilized. The term “Newfoundland pet dog” serves to de-humanize Queequeg. That being stated, it is useful to the reader to know that Newfoundland canines at this time were working pets for fishermen, normally referred to as “gentle giants”. So here, the duality of Ishmael is hinted at. He downgrades Queequeg by calling him a pet dog, yet it is a breed that is known to be of terrific stature yet likewise having a gentle nature.
This is a point where Ishmael’ internal struggle between right and wrong (tolerance and intolerance) when again glimpses out at the reader. This internal battle was first presented when Ishmael had not yet satisfied Queequeg and was chastising himself for pre-judging, specifying that “after all I might be treasuring unwarrantable bias against this unknown harpooner” (8 )?. In its whole, this passage shows reality versus observations as it reveals how it is Queequeg, rather than Ishmael, who is rather courteous, considerate, and civilized.
The themes of pre-judgment, tolerance, and after that acceptance (in said order) are exhibited in Ishmael’s preliminary anxiousness prior to conference Queequeg, tolerance as soon as he has actually fulfilled Queequeg, and finally approval as soon as he learns more about Queequeg. This passage reveals some of the stories total themes of worry and rejection of homosexual relationships, as well as how innocently these types of relationships develop. Racial inequalities and oppressions, which are likewise main styles, are clearly brightened. The story’s main theme of vengeance is displayed in this specific passage in reverse.
Queequeg never reacts to Ishmael’s preliminary mindset of superiority in a revengeful method. He rather continuously reveals him compassion and regard. Insight is supplied through this passage’s option and subtle delivery of subject matter. A key to understanding the work Moby Dick as a whole is in close observation and interpretation of stated passage, which supplies various mean the larger style(s). Work Mentioned 1) Moby Dick by Herman Melville Harper & & Brothers Publishing, New York City (1851) Fiction, 599 pages Chapter 4, Pages 3-4, Paragraph 1 2) Chapter 3, Page 8, Paragraph 3