Good and Evilin Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or The Whale
Philosophers of different époques and time periods were trying to find the answer for the eternal questions: What is good and what is evil? Where is the border between these two notions? Does God exist? What is the role of man and nature? Undoubtedly, there are no precise answers, however, some interesting theories and ideas appear. In fact, it would be wrong to say that only philosophers are constant truth-searchers. Almost every person asked himself/herself similar questions at least once in a lifetime. Besides, the attempts to raise such themes were reflected in literature.
Romanticism appealed to the feelings of the individual, considering the history of mankind as the struggle between evil and good. Moreover, the Romanticist literature drew parallels and paid a lot of attention to the unity of man, God and nature. Herman Melville was one of the authors, who clearly presented this unity, emphasizing the role of every its member. His novel Moby Dick is his quest for truth in a kind of dualistic world, where evil and good are closely connected. …
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