People used to travel in the sea by ship quite a lot. That resulted in many great stories over the seas that should be written and shared, one of which inspired Moby Dick. This allegorical book was written based on true events.
These quotations from Moby-Dick all refer to the main character, Ishmael, and his close friend, the harpooner Queequeg. It is not down in any map; true places never are. Based on other evidence in the novel, Queequeg appears to have come from New Zealand.
While Herman Melville lived, little attention was paid to " Moby Dick. It wasn't until the s — a few decades after Melville's death — that literary historians began to take note. Here are 10 of the lines most memorably associated with the book now called a masterwork of world literature.
All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever present perils of life. Call me Ishmael.
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This novel was first published in but didn't achieve acclaim until after Melville's death. Quotes from the epic novel show why it has endured as an American classic. Ahab, the captain of the ship, is willing to risk everything -- his ship, his crew, his own life -- to seek revenge on the elusive whale.