Melville's Moby-Dick: An American Nekyia (Studies in Jungian by Edward F. Edinger

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Am I still stuck in this jail? This God-damned dreary hole in the wall. Cooped up among these heaps of books, Gnawed by worms, coated with dust, Infinite nature, where can I tap thy veins? Where are thy breasts, those well-springs of all life On which hang heaven and earth, Towards which my dry breast strains? 34 Taken as a whole, Faust provides the closest parallel of all to Moby-Dick. As we shall see later, Moby-Dick also involves a pact with the devil. , a great primordial image, in which every man has to discover his own being and destiny in his own way.

3 C95-930194-1 Copyright © 1995 by Edward F. Edinger. All rights reserved. INNER CITY BOOKS Box 1271, Station Q, Toronto, Canada M4T 2P4 Telephone (416) 927-0355 FAX (416) 924-1814 Honorary Patron: Marie-Louise von Franz. Publisher and General Editor: Daryl Sharp. Senior Editor: Victoria Cowan. G. Jung. Cover: "Ship in a Squall," by Washington Allston (before 1837). Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. " Herman Melville, Pierre. Author's Note The Greek word nekyia (nek-ee-eé-ah) has been suggested by Jung as a term for the descent to the underworld.

Allan Melville was apparently unrealistic in practical affairs. He seems to have been a man who constantly lived beyond his means, buoyed up by a wishful optimism, continually expecting a great windfall. At the same time as he was borrowing money for business, he was trying to fulfill his wife's social ambitions by moving to larger and more expensive houses. Eventually, when the bubble burst, Melville's father suffered a total financial and psychological collapse. There is ample evidence concerning Melville's relation to his mother, Maria.

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