Edgar Allan Poe | Critical Essay by Edwin Shneidman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Critical Essay by Edwin Shneidman

SOURCE: “The Suicidal Psycho-Logics of Moby-Dick,” in Youth Suicide Prevention: Lessons from Literature, edited by Sara Munson Deats and Lagretta Tallent Lenker, Insight Books, 1989, pp. 15-47.

In the following excerpt, Shneidman offers a psychological portrait of Ahab and characterizes his relationship to Moby-Dick as “a classical illustration of the traditional psychoanalytical position of suicide.”

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From the first exciting moment that one looks at Moby-Dick as logic, it is startlingly clear that the book, as a living entity, and Melville-Ishmael, as driving intellects, have rich and textured ways of thinking that are consistent with and advance the main psychological trust and message of the book. After dramatically telling us who the logician is—“Call me Ishmael”—Melville begins the journey with an extended syllogism...

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This section contains 7,965 words
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