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Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick

  

by Herman Melville

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature and Philosophy

  • Seneca and the Stoics (1.8, 75.10)
  • Pythagoras (1.11, 98.8)
  • Socrates (10.4)
  • Edmund Burke (24.13)
  • Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (35.9)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (42.5)
  • Julius Caesar (6.5)
  • Samuel Johnson (69.6, 104.2)
  • Locke (73.40)
  • Kant (73.40)
  • Plato (75.10, 78.15, 85.11)
  • Spinoza (75.10)
  • William Shakespeare (79.4)
  • Dante (85.11)
  • William Cowper (96.12)
  • Pascal (96.12)
  • Rousseau (96.12)
  • Pliny (105.5)

Biblical References

  • Ishmael (1.1 and throughout the novel)
  • Gabriel (1.9, 71)
  • Gomorroh (2.5)
  • Paul and Euroclydon (2.9)
  • Lazarus (2.9-11)
  • Dives (2.9, 2.11)
  • Jonah (3.5, 9, 32.13, 75.4, 82.7, 83, )
  • Canaan (6.5)
  • Adam (7.5, 41.19, 105.4, 108.24)
  • Noah (14.5, 105.15)
  • Ahab (16.19 and throughout the novel)
  • Matthew 6:19 (16.57)
  • Elijah (19, 21)
  • Job (24.13, 32.10, 41.25, Epilogue)
  • Belshazzar (34.4)
  • the tower of Babel (35.3)
  • Moses (45.9)
  • Judith (70.4)
  • Abraham (70.7, 111.3)
  • Paul (70.11)
  • Ecclesiastes (96.12)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (98.1)
  • Methuselah (104.7)
  • Shem (104.7)
  • Solomon (104.7)
  • the potter’s field (111.2)
  • Maccabees (133.29)
  • Rachel (128, Epilogue)

Greco-Roman Mythology References

  • Jove/Jupiter (1.6, 7.7, 42.3, 79.2, 85.11, 133.17)
  • Poseidon (1.6)
  • Narcissus (1.6)
  • the Fates (1.11)
  • the Labyrinth (4.1, 85.3)
  • Perseus (28.3, 82.3)
  • the Sphynx (70.7)
  • Hercules (82.6, 86.5)
  • Saturn (104.7)
  • Prometheus (108.6)
  • Pan (111.3)
  • Jove/Jupiter and Europa (133.17)
  • Ixion (Epilogue)

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