Analysis Of The Sermon on the book of Jonah in Moby Dick

College
Essay
Book Reports
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Download 0
In the Book of Jonah, Jonah is used to demonstrate not so much the nature of the central character in Jonah as it is to illustrate the central character of Yahweh or God. Yet, in so doing, the faults of mankind are effectively illustrated because they are contrasted directly with the perfection of God…

Introduction

Jonah's reaction is held in stark contrast with the demeanor of God who, "And God saw their works, how they turned from their evil way; and God relented of the evil which he said he would do to them, and did it not" (Kent 422). This is a key point vis--vis Melville's use of the Book of Jonah as a literary device because he leaves this clear counterpoint out of the thread of his text and plot. For Melville, the story of Jonah ends with Jonah's deliverance from the belly of the whale: "...and from the shuddering cold and blackness of the sea, the whale came breaching up toward the warm and pleasant sun, and all the delights of air and earth; and 'vomited out Jonah upon the dry land'" (Melville 58). At this point in the Book of Jonah the tale loses all relevance for Melville because it has served its purpose; but what purpose
The original story can be succinctly divided into two parts with two essential lessons for man: 1) Yahweh command and Jonah disobeys to his everlasting shame and punishment, 2) Yahweh commands and Jonah obeys much to his chagrin, and in both instances Jonah's faults are made apparent and offered up to mankind as object lessons regarding both the authority and benevolence of Yahweh. In fact, Jonah continues in the Book of Jonah to command God, even following his deliverance from the belly of the whale to command God in a manner that meets his expectations:
Therefore, O Jehovah, tak ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Historical book
ncies being used to spy on American Citizens. Martin Luther King and John Lennon were subject to similar investigations by the FBI only on mere suspicions. Subtitled "Hidden Truths that Challenged the Past and Changed the World," this book exposes several personalities with squeaky-clean images including several presidents of the US and other powerful politicians in the Whitehouse and the defense…
Odyssey Book
The adventure is a way of saying to him that giving up in front of unjust gods would lead humanity to suffering. This is the case that portrayed the adventures he went through to his home from Troy. He lived and was alone for the rest of the journey since he left the oceans which killed his friends and warriors at sea by sea monsters, Odysseus grows to appreciate his life more throughout the…
English Book Report/Review
Nobody can take that right away. It is the mother, who gives protection for the initial nine months, to the divine creative force of the future-male or female! The pages of human history are full of incidents related to female victimization, at every step of life in one form or the other! Is total equality for women in the true sense of the term, without any physical or mental tortures, an…
Mathematics Text Book
This is the primary feature discussion shown in his book Student Activities Manual to accompany Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach.…
Management Book Review
At The Independent, which she joined after leaving the BBC, she was a columnist and associate editor, working with then editor Andrew Marr. After Marr's principal spell as Independent editor she rejoined The Guardian. She has also written for The Observer and the Radio Times; at one time she edited the Washington Monthly USA. Currently Toynbee serves as President of the Social Policy Association.…
American Literature Book Report/Review
This idea gains considerable depth if we think of the story Barred Owl (Offutt). This story is arguably about displaced identities and homesickness, as it revolves about two Kentuckians who get acquainted in Colorado, a place where they've found themselves transplanted to.…
Analysis Of The Sermon on the book of Jonah in Moby Dick
Jonah's reaction is held in stark contrast with the demeanor of God who, "And God saw their works, how they turned from their evil way; and God relented of the evil which he said he would do to them, and did it not" (Kent 422). This is a key point vis-vis Melville's use of the Book of Jonah as a literary device because he leaves this clear counterpoint out of the thread of his text and plot. For…