Moby dick perseus
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Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
DEPICTED SCIENCE : Melville's ›Monstrous Pictures of Whales‹
Benvenuto Cellini — was an Italian sculptor and a key figure in the period of European art known as Mannerism, characterized by elongated proportions and partially described as anticlassical , despite the fact that the artistic subjects of this period were usually Greek, Roman, or biblical in nature. Later Perseus was sent on a quest by a man who wanted him dead to retrieve the head of Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns men into stone with her gaze. With the help of the gods, Perseus took down the beast. Both the statue and the character of Perseus bear commonalities with the hardened Captain Ahab.
The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity. The gallant Perseus, a son of Jupiter, was the first whaleman; and to the eternal honor of our calling be it said, that the first whale attacked by our brotherhood was not killed with any sordid intent. Every one knows the fine story of Perseus and Andromeda; how the lovely Andromeda, the daughter of a king, was tied to a rock on the sea-coast, and as Leviathan was in the very act of carrying her off, Perseus, the prince of whalemen, intrepidly advancing, harpooned the monster, and delivered and married the maid. It was an admirable artistic exploit, rarely achieved by the best harpooneers of the present day; inasmuch as this Leviathan was slain at the very first dart.
Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales. The Honor and Glory of Whaling. Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin.