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Often in great works of literature symbols are incorporated to add depth These symbols make it more interesting to the reader by making connections from one idea to another Herman Melville depicts a great number of characters and symbols in his 19th century novel Moby Dick Melville uses symbols to develop plot characters and to give the reader a deeper interpretation of the novel Tucker The author successfully uses the symbols of brotherhood monomania isolation religion and duality to make his book more interesting to its readers At the beginning of the novel the characters Ishmael and Queequeg are introduced Ishmael is the narrator of the story He is also a merchant seaman who signs up for a whaling voyage to see the world- and the only crewmember to survive and tell us the story Queequeg is a tattooed cannibal from the South Seas He is courageous as well as kind-hearted Cavendish After becoming friends with Ishmael he also signs up for whaling and becomes a harpooner Melville chose to depict brotherhood as a symbol in a couple different ways In the hotel room before boarding the Pequod Ishmael and Queequeg share a room together where they both sleep One such morning when Ishmael awakes he recalls How it is I know not but there is no place like a bed for confidential disclosures between friends Man and wife they say there open the very bottom of their souls to each other and some old couples often lie and chat over old times till nearly morning Thus then in our hearts honeymoon lay I and Queequeg- a cozy loving pair Melville 68 This closeness that Melville creates conveys that the relationship between these two characters is a close one In the chapter A Squeeze of the Hand brotherhood is addressed yet again The crewmembers of the Pequod cut the blubber out of the whales to
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