You may know Herman Melville from a little book called Moby-Dick , one of the most famous classics that nobody has read. A couple of months ago I decided to take on the beast himself and was surprised by the homosexual undertones of the story. I would go so far as to just call them tones. I was trying my hardest not to read their intimate scenes from a modern lens, but Melville makes it pretty difficult. Ishmael and Queequeg first become friends on the front porch of the Inn. Bosom friends?
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The book features gay marriage, hits out at slavery and imperialism and predicts the climate crisis — years after the birth of its author, Herman Melville, it has never been more important. T hursday marks the th birthday of Herman Melville — the author of the greatest unread novel in the English language. It is the Mount Everest of literature: huge and apparently insurmountable, its snowy peak as elusive as the tail of the great white whale himself. Perhaps it was because I saw it on a tiny black-and-white TV, but the whole story seemed impenetrable to me. I would have been even less keen had I known that the whale footage Huston did include had been specially shot off Madeira, where they were still being hunted. Forty years later, I saw my first whales in the wild , off Provincetown, a former whaling port on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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In a work of literature, a theme is a recurring, unifying subject or idea, a motif that helps us understand a work of art better. With a novel as richly ambiguous as Moby-Dick , we look at themes as guides, but it is important to be flexible while we do so. A good deal is left to individual interpretation so that one reader might disagree with another without necessarily being "wrong" or "right" about what the novel is saying.