Now that you have reached the end of the novel, what does Moby-Dick symbolize to you and/or the characters in the novel (hint: he means different things to different characters)?
After completing all Module 4 readings, post in this discussion board.

Write

In at least 250 words, respond to one of the prompts below:

Like most Dark/Romantic works, the novel Moby-Dick employs a great deal of symbolism with the biggest symbol of all, quite literally, being the white whale himself. Now that you have reached the end of the novel, what does Moby-Dick symbolize to you and/or the characters in the novel (hint: he means different things to different characters)?

OR

Write an analysis of Moby-Dick exploring a topic of your choice. You can focus on its literary elements, such as style, themes, purpose, and/or historical significance/context. Use specific textual evidence (a mixture of cited quotations and paraphrases) from the reading to support your claims.

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Use (and cite) specific examples from Moby-Dick in your response. These examples should be cited according to MLA 9 standards, including MLA-style in-text citations and works cited entries for each referenced reading at the end of the post. If you need a refresher on how to do this, please see Purdue’s MLA Handbook. You can also review MLA 9 citation tips here.
Your response should adhere to all standard rules of American English spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
While you are free (and encouraged!) to consult class resources, like class Powerpoints and the weekly module overviews, while writing your response, you should not consult outside analyses of class readings found on the internet or elsewhere. I am very interested in seeing what you have to say about the literature. I do not care what Enotes, Course Hero, Wikipedia, ChatGPT or some random person’s blog have to say about it.
***You will not be able to see your classmates’ posts until you post in the forum.

Respond

Respond to at least two of your classmates in at least 100 words each. In your response you should thoughtfully comment on what your classmate has posted. You can agree or disagree with it and say why, ask questions, add to it if you think there are additional points to be made, etc.

Evaluation

This assignment is worth 20 points and will be evaluated using the Discussion Board Rubric