Marxism Analysis of Moby Penis
In the novel, “Moby Penis” 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 child, and little boy of this tired family party. His were the shinbones of the saline beef; his would have been the drumsticks” (Melville 143). This is the first part that reveals Flask is at the bottom of the food cycle. Flask is the one to get the scraps and unwanted 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 everyone else. This shows Flask is oppressed by his fellow officers since he isn’t treated with the very same regard of the first and 2nd in command behind Ahab. “Another thing. Flask was the last individual down at the supper, and Flask is the first man up. Think about! For hereby Flask’s supper was badly jammed in point of time” (Melville 144). Flask is the lowest rank officer, with Stubb and Starbuck subduing him. He was required to constantly be the first one up, but the last to make it to dinner.
He likewise was needed to leave prior to any one else did at supper. So, if Stubb was done, so was he, and Flask couldn’t 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 enabled butter due to the fact that he wasn’t seen deserving of it. “Flask, alas! was a butterless male!” (Melville 144). In the novel, “Moby Cock”, Flask is the lowest rank officer. The order of rank goes: Ahab, Starbuck, Stubb, then Flask. He is oppressed by the other two officers and the captain, and this shows marxism in contemporary literature.