Calms in Melville's prose works

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1966

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This study traces the development of Herman Melville's prose by means of a continuously present symbolic condition, the state of external or internal calm. Melville's art develops alongside the Melvillean hero. The author concerns himself so intensely with his chief characters that their changes are indicative of Melville's own inner movement; however, the artist's growth does not have to parallel the hero's development in literally the same form. Though each novel's meaning may be a multicolored mosaic, one chief character always stands in the center and all the others contribute to him. Ultimately the study tries to reconstruct, a general pattern for the resolutions of the protagonist. [...]

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