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PostSubject: Final Thoughts   Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:00 pm

This is for final thoughts on Moby Dick.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Thoughts   Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:02 am

I really enjoyed the story of Moby Dick and all the ironies and parallels found in the Pequod's crew, but the never ending explanations of whales and whaling and equipment, etc. etc. made the book hard to read and I thought, often distracted from some of the key points and symbols of the story itself.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Thoughts   Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:04 am

I remember that this is Ishmael's first whaling voyage, yet through out the story he tells us of all the whales and experiences he has, which makes me think that even after this horrific experience, he continued whaling instead of returning home.

Maybe, like Ahab and some of the others, the life makes such an impression on the soul, that it is difficult to return home.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Thoughts   Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:52 am

This book was too long and I thought that the chase would be involved more with Ahab. In my opinion this book’s strongest message is that there is a culture in the ocean which is whaling. Men go there when they have no other place to go. They realize it is a death walk. I guess literature sometimes has almost nothing to do with the title of the book.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Thoughts   Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:57 am

Marty your deduction was good. People replaced going to sea with going out west, or maybe going to Alaska during the gold rush there. The brand of people who did these things all had certian things in common with the people who became whalers. Risk takers, no ties, or no strong felings about those ties, a lack of what else to do, but then getting hooked on the adventure and the 'what's next' of it all.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Thoughts   Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:18 pm

You could say that when our country was young, we had a lot of brave explorers. Now days we have such a comfortable life that it is so out of the ordinary to do such an adventure.
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