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dc.contributor.authorBarnum, John E.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T22:18:46Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T22:18:46Z
dc.date.issued1/1/1972
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6292
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dc.description.abstractThis thesis project positions itself as a close examination of Herman Melville's novel, Moby Dick, as a fictional statement of the author's nihilistic view of man and his world. The paper argues that Melville's nihilism derives primarily from his belief that man's perception of himself and the world is relativistic. Definitions of nihilism and the era in which Melville authored the novel, a time when traditional values and belief systems were being questioned and discarded, are explored. The project labels Melville as a “philosophical” novelist in his treatment of the character of Ahab, in particular, as the nihilistic aspects of the character are revealed in this classic work of literature. In addition, the project also examines the contrasting "healthy" nihilism as exhibited in the novel by Ishmael.
dc.subjectNihilism
dc.subjectModern Age
dc.subjectNarcissus
dc.subjectPrometheus
dc.subjectRelativism
dc.subjectDivinity
dc.titleNihilism in Melville’s Moby Dick
dc.typethesis
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T22:18:46Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Arts (MA)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEnglish Master’s Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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