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In Melvilles Moby Dick our narrator Ishmael has a unique view on the great white whale all these are but subtle deceits not actually inherent in substances but only laid on from without so that all deified Nature absolutely paints like the harlot whose allurements cover nothing but the charnel-house within By examining his remarks we can tell he is a very down-to-earth man however Melville uses a common theme of how do you know for sure He is saying many times throughout the novel that maybe nothing has any meaning Despite this Ishmeal gives numerous examples of what white can mean ie the horror of an albino or beauty of a white steed etc and proceeds to say Moby Dick is all of these things Wonder ye then at the fiery hunt He is esentially asking us if you lived in a world where nothing had any meaning and a great white whale was taunting you to give chase what would you do My method of attacking the question how would the three main characters from Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter see the whiteness of the whale is going to be a comparison to Melvilles characters The first comparison is between Hester Prynne and Ishmael Hester Prynne is a brave lady who faces her sin as seen in her ability to face severe ridicule on the scaffold Ishmael is a brave young man who handles any conflict with a strong will as seen in his agreement to sign onto a whaling ship without knowing the captain It is also seen in his ability to share a bed with a stranger and share in his religious activities and to eventually make a life long committment to the stranger Hester Prynne is a loving woman who never reveals the identity of her lover to spare him she puts someone elsee needs before her own She accepts the consequences of the nature of her sin
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