Marxism Analysis of Moby Dick
In the novel, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, Flask is the most affordable officer rank on the ship and he is oppressed by his fellow officers. It is displayed in chapter thirty-four: “The Cabin Table”. “And poor little Flask, he was the youngest boy, and little young boy of this weary household celebration. His were the shinbones of the saline beef; his would have been the drumsticks” (Melville 143). This is the first part that shows Flask is at the bottom of the food chain. Flask is the one to get the scraps and undesirable pieces of meat, while Ahab, Starbuck and Stubb get thighs and breasts.
He is the last one served on top of getting the least amount of food out of everybody else. This shows Flask is oppressed by his fellow officers due to the fact that he isn’t treated with the same respect of the very first and second in command behind Ahab. “Another thing. Flask was the last individual down at the dinner, and Flask is the first man up. Think about! For thus Flask’s supper was badly jammed in point of time” (Melville 144). Flask is the most affordable rank officer, with Stubb and Starbuck overpowering him. He was required to always be the first one up, however the last to make it to dinner.
He likewise was needed to leave before any one else did at supper. So, if Stubb was done, so was he, and Flask could not do anything about it. He was oppressed by those higher than him. He got scraps of food, barely got to eat at all, and even wasn’t permitted butter due to the fact that he wasn’t seen worthwhile of it. “Flask, alas! was a butterless man!” (Melville 144). In the novel, “Moby Penis”, Flask is the most affordable rank officer. The order of rank goes: Ahab, Starbuck, Stubb, then Flask. He is oppressed by the other 2 officers and the captain, and this shows marxism in modern literature.