Moby-Dick | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Pamela A. Boker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 56 pages of analysis & critique of Moby-Dick.
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Critical Essay by Pamela A. Boker

SOURCE: “‘Circle-Sailing’: The Eternal Return of Tabooed Grief in Melville's Moby-Dick,” in The Grief Taboo in American Literature: Loss and Prolonged Adolescence in Twain, Melville, and Hemingway, New York University Press, 1996, pp. 38-67.

In the following excerpt, Boker presents a psychoanalytic reading of Melville's motivation in Moby-Dick, suggesting that Melville felt abandoned by his mother and that his art was nourished by “repression, disavowal, and displacement of grief.”

Then there is the matter of my mother's abandonment of me. Again, this is the common experience. They walk ahead of us, and walk too fast, and forget us, they are so lost in thoughts of their own, and soon or late they disappear. The only mystery is that we expect it to be otherwise.

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