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Anyone who needs help understanding the historical and literary context of Moby-Dick will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study the author, genre, publication and critical reception of the novel. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the book's context
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- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
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- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the context of Moby-Dick for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Author Herman Melville's life, work and writing style
- The novel's connection to the real-life Essex whaleship
- The initial publication and critical reception of Moby-Dick
- Adaptations of the novel
- The title's meaning
- The genre of Moby-Dick
- Moby-Dick vocabulary
1. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style
Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.
2. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis
''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.
3. Is Moby-Dick Based on a True Story?
What parts of ''Moby-Dick'' may have been inspired by real-life events? In this lesson, you'll learn more about some of Herman Melville's motivations behind his epic novel, ''Moby-Dick.''
4. Moby-Dick & The True Story of the Essex Whaleship
This lesson goes over the incredible true story behind part of the legend of Moby-Dick. You'll learn whether a whale can truly sink a whaleship and an incredible story of survival.
5. Moby-Dick's Publication & Critical Reception
In this lesson we will explore the critical literary reception of Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' (1851). What did contemporary critics and readers think of the book? Then, we will look at why the book has become such an important example of modern American literature.
6. Moby-Dick Adaptations
In this lesson, we will explore adaptations of 'Moby-Dick' for the stage and screen. If you forget about the scurvy, nautical slang, and seamen, the novel's themes adapt flexibly to all sorts of situations. We will examine science fiction and meta-theater versions, as well as other literal adaptations.
7. Moby-Dick Book Genre
What do you get when you combine an adventure, a thriller and a tragedy? ''Moby-Dick,'' of course! In this lesson, you'll learn more about the myriad genres of Herman Melville's timeless tale of Captain Ahab and the whale.
8. Meaning of the Title Moby Dick
The significance of Melville's title, ''Moby Dick,'' has historical and thematic implications. In this lesson, you'll learn more about what the name means and some possible reasons why Melville chose this title.
9. Moby-Dick Vocabulary Words & Definitions
In this lesson, we will define and find examples of some of the vocabulary terms that may be unfamiliar to some readers of Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick''.
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