Moby Dick Dualism

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In Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Melville utilises the symbolism of the colour of the Great White Whale to demonstrate his theme of duality. All the different character on the Pequod seem to be a representation of the good and evil sides of humanity. Upon first reading, the novel seems to be a simple but rather drawn-out documentation of whaling; on closer inspection, however, shows how Melville examines the terrifying realities of society. Melville discusses the use of the colour white and its elusive nature, this is suggested by a weakening sense of spirituality within the borders of civilisation, psychologically by Ahab’s declining state of sanity and lastly physically by the whale’s flight. Moby Dick is a Great White Whale whom Ahab has
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