But Ishmael also believes that to depict the whale 'as he actually appears to the eye of the whaleman
' involves more than just the eye: seeing a whale depends on touching it, getting inside it, knowing it inside and out--not abstractly but because, like one member of the Pequod's crew, you have physically been inside its head harvesting spermaceti.
Drawing on the article on Jonah by the Scottish Presbyterian John Eadie, which went to great lengths to rationalize the Hebrew prophet's experience of being swallowed by a "great fish," Melville in "Jonah Historically Regarded" parodies such attempts at biblical literalism in Ishmael's ironic attempt to answer the skeptical critique of an experienced Sag Harbor whaleman
. Pardes also traces the different manifestations of Jonah symbolism elsewhere in the novel, including the cabin boy Pip's abandonment at sea in "The Castaway," Ishmael's examination of the whale skeleton in "A Bower in the Arsacides," and his final Jonah-like survival of the wreck of the Pequod in the "Epilogue."
Of the names in this list of whale authors, only those following Owen ever saw living whales; and but one of them was a real professional harpooneer and whaleman
. I mean Captain Scoresby.
Hohman, Elmo Paul (1928): The American Whaleman
. A Study of Life and Labor in the Whaling Industry.
Good Christian that he is, at least on the surface of his awareness, Ishmael makes a point of visiting the Whaleman
's Chapel on Sunday morning.
"There is a foundation, called the Whaleman
Foundation, to raise awareness about whaling and sea life, how damaging it is and how they are being killed."
As a whaleman
aboard the Acushnet, "Melville had participated in one of the most extraordinary physical experiences then available" (1: 693).
It was the whaleman
who first broke through the jealous policy of the Spanish crown, touching those colonies; ...
Representatives from IMMP, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, El Dorado Audubon, BayKeeper, American Cetacean Society, Whaleman
Foundation, Heal the Bay, Stop LFAS, and Council for a Living Ocean, among others, then presented their case.
I remembered a story of a white man--a whaleman
too--who, falling among cannibals, had been tattoed by them.
By "humanizing" (a term used by the critic Robert Zoellner) the whale, the chapter threatens to undercut the traditional hunter-prey relationship that a whaleman
takes for granted--a process that, as several critics have pointed out, is also at work in Hemingway's short story.
Among his other books are The Gold Hunters' Adventures, or, Life in Australia (1864) and its sequel, The Bushrangers (1866), The Whaleman
's Adventures (1872), A Slaver's Adventures on Land and Sea (1872), Life in the East Indies (1873), Running the Blockade (1875), and The Ocean Rovers (1896).