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I Author Information Herman Melville was born in 1819 in a very good neighborhood in New York A Many influences on Melvilles works were European literature experiences in his travels and tragedy in his life B Melville was born into the time when inspiring works of American literature began to emerge Yet European heritage in literature still had a strong hold on American writers of the time C Other contributions by Herman Melville were his narrative poems and writings of other sea journeys II Setting Moby Dick is set in a time when whaling was a very well known trade it was made popular because of the dyer need for oil for lamps A The time of the journey was started on a cold December day where he enters with a carpet bag on his shoulder at the shipping port of New Bedford and finds a room at the Spouter Inn with a massive South Sea Islander named Queequeg What a pity they didnt stop up the chinks and the crannies though and thrust in a little lint here and there But its too late to make any improvements now The universe is finished the copestone is on and the chips were carted off a million years ago B The setting over all suggests a rustic hard seamens life on the open ocean it being very hard on a man but very fulfilling III Character Characters in this classic novel are very unique in physical emotional and mental aspects A Ahab is a one-legged man feared by most of the crew he is the Captain of the Pequod and he has sworn death on Moby Dick the great white whale whom left Ahab with only one leg Emotionally and mentally Ahab is a scared man from his last encounter with Moby Dick he seemed like a man very determined in his ways willing full and moody B The characters of this work
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