Life and Human Struggle in Moby Dick
“Tragedy” is a concept that has been used so often during the two past centuries, that it has eventually become meaningless. It has seemed useful the same to deplore the triteness of existence that to speak about the unfathomable abyss of personal inwardness. In some interpretations, “tragic” is to be overwhelmed by fate or by the unfair social obligations and not be able to fight against them; in other interpretations, “tragic” is to have a brilliant intelligence or a great feeling but to live in a mediocre environment; in yet others, to top it all, “tragic” is to be bored by comfort and leisure that make any effort unnecessary.
KeywordsTranscendent Identity White Whale Supreme Principle Eternal Damnation Ancient Mind
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- 1.On the importance of tragedy for Modernity, specially for the philosophy, see the first chapter of Antigones, the splendid book by Steiner (New York: Georges Rorchardt,1984).Google Scholar
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