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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Ahab Was Born With a Hammer In His Hand

I am surprised and pleased that people stop by Topic Drift every day to study my excellent synopsis of Moby Dick. Why read the book when a synopsis will do? A good Moby Dick paper should include the bit about how the whale is a fertility symbol, and Captain Ahab was like Lincoln, in that he wanted to attack Prussia with the Monitor, but the Merrimack got there first, just like Queequeg would have. Queequeg’s speed astounded all, and one might draw parallels between his speed and the speedy rise of the Industrial Revolution, and how Melville hated machines and would have gladly married John Henry, but John Henry died fighting the machine, and gay marriage wasn’t legal back then.

All of my papers were A+ material, by the way.


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