08-03-2007 09:23 PM - edited 08-03-2007 09:29 PM
PS-I think Melville finds some of our whales to be noble. Nature is noble.
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08-06-2007 07:21 PM - edited 08-06-2007 07:24 PM
So, democratic principles have appeal to the masses, but such principles would not be practical to a necessary hierarchy of business. Principles of the democratic government attract or swallow people. Subsequently, the people swallowed are put to work... this is a controversial book, but do you think things have changed? I'm not sure... maybe they did not change, but we are a whale!!!!! How are the northern whales doing? They would be an important part of our history....
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08-07-2007 07:51 PM - edited 08-07-2007 08:11 PM
"Among" implies that there could be more. How about freedom, tolerance, individualism and equality? And the list may go on. I think we might come up with a few democratic principles that the world would agree upon, but I'm not sure an attempt has been made to confer agreement on such principles. Interesting to note: the economic union in Europe is based on democratic principles.
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08-09-2007 12:40 PM
The long watches of the sailors of whaling ships probably gave them red eyes- lack of sleep, eye strain and, oh yes, that "anger" emotion. So, sailors could not see things for what they were, could not see the truth with their own eyes-- they were taught to focus. Moby Dick is what the sailors are: a sailor with red eyes, or one big mutinous crew with anger beneath the surface of their skin which we can see in their eyes. Communism? Well, if you like.
Democracy could be a large whale, but the best example might be the US as a whale with the democratic governemnt as its central brain.
We do have drugs which help kids to focus in school.
08-13-2007 07:06 PM
08-14-2007 10:51 PM - edited 08-14-2007 10:57 PM
The letter H is silent in some words and audible in others. In this sense, the letter "H" is symbolic of languages which form invisible layers of skin, but occassionally becoming visible to the naked eye in different forms: hieroglyphics, scrimshaw and tattoos, to name a few examples.
PS- Language assumes the characteristics of its letters, or components, if you will.
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08-15-2007 11:22 AM - edited 08-15-2007 11:27 AM
I lifeguard and I like the comparison of our language to the surface of the ocean. Sometimes we can see the interaction between the air and water (foamy brine!), and sometimes we cannot. I still give it two thumbs up- I'm waiting for some new fall selections.
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08-22-2007 10:34 AM - edited 08-22-2007 10:35 AM
Refer to Last of the Mohicans for a better example of this "through the looking glass theme" with our religion- this was a little controversial.
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08-25-2007 10:23 AM - edited 08-25-2007 10:25 AM
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08-25-2007 08:19 PM
Pip was present, but not Pippy Longstockings.
08-26-2007 07:30 AM - edited 08-26-2007 07:33 AM
The earlier authors have a particular style which I don't see as particularly unintelligent or antiquated, and, as a magician never reveals his trick, an author is never supposed to tell you "what its about." But we seem to be going through some rough times over here, and you can always disagree....
I must go looking for the white whale...
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08-27-2007 08:10 PM - edited 08-27-2007 08:37 PM
This is the union of whales and men that I keep mentioning, there might be other examples. Later, a boat from the Pequod and some female whales would unite and find a peace with one another in the center of the circle. Its like two cells fusing, but on a large scale. The atom and the cell are also mentioned in Moby. Generally, land and sea, whale and man, or earth combines its forces and points its bayonets, or the whales spouts, back towards the sun. The spouts would later combine to form a rocket which would escape the sun's forces.
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08-27-2007 11:40 PM