scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 759
Moby Dick begins with the narrators statement Call me Ishmael The statement communicates the narrators feelings of identity with the biblical Ishmael Abrahams son with Hagar After Sarah Abrahams legitimate wife gave birth to Isaac Ishmael was disinherited in favor of his younger half-brother and renounced by his father He and his mother were thrown out of the family home forced to live in wilderness and provide for themselves anyway they could Therefore the very name Ishmael became a synonym for an exile an outcast The Ishmael from Moby Dick an exile and an outcast begins his journey because he feels a damp drizzly November in his soul Traveling around is his way of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation His suicidal impulses make him pause in from of coffin warehouses His bitterness and anger with the world make him feel like stepping out into the street and methodically knocking peoples hats off Ishmael is a discontented and rebellious exile just like the pioneers and conquerors of the Wild West The same discontent that made those pioneers set off to conquer the great wide open spaces made Ishmael go to sea The people who conquered the new frontiers of America were all Ishmaels dissatisfied outcasts forced to survive in the wilderness Out of the confrontation with the wilderness came a new type of hero courageous tough self-reliant experienced skilled in contact with life at its most basic elements and above all restless full of nervous energy and rebellious individualism The following lines written by Captain John Smith describe in the best way the making of a new myth American myth with its new American hero It is a happy thing to be born to strength wealth and honor but that which is got by prowess is the truest luster and those can best distinguish content that have escaped most honorable dangers as if out of every extremity he found
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA