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Syntax in Moby Dick

Syntax Examples in Moby Dick:

Chapter 1 - Loomings.

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"Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon...."   (Chapter 1 - Loomings.)

This paragraph is exemplary of the experimental styles Melville plays with throughout the novel. Ishmael's direct address to the reader clues us in to the reality that Moby-Dick is not a traditional novel, with an expected first- or third-person narration that adheres to the telling of the story. Note the oratorical bravado. Notice the combinations of long, rapturous, list-based sentences with short, punchy commands and questions.

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