In this chapter, Pellar explores why Melville places an epigraph on the English version of Moby-Dick so that the reader would be given a hint as to an underlying structure that helped power both the plot of the novel and his antislavery allegory. This underlying structure is the conversion of St. Paul and his shipwreck off the Island of Malta. Pellar gives a brief outline of this sub-allegory that the Pequod follows in Ahab’s mad lust for revenge. Furthermore, Pellar discusses how it is the conversion of St. Paul that is particularly significant and gives Ishmael and his story its moral authority and appeal.
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