The circumstances surrounding the killing of Glen Stanly strongly resemble Romeo’s murder of Tybalt. Melville foreshadows these parallels early in the book when Pierre’s mother calls him “a Romeo,” which he finds preposterous (Bell 744). In addition to Shakespeare, Herman Melville imbeds many references to the works of John Milton. Similar to Milton’s characters in Paradise Lost, Melville incorporates the motif of angels and devils in two of his early novels, Mardi and Pierre.
Symbolic Elements in Moby Dick There is a symbolic element in every great literary work, which makes the author's message more tangible and real to his readers. In Herman Melville's Moby Dick, one such element is the idea of the "counterpane," or tapestry, of humanity, that is woven throughout the story as a symbol of the world's multiculturalism. Melville develops this symbolism on at least three levels, proving that the world is indeed a counterpane of diverse cultures, races, and environments