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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




It is in light of the fact that no critic has yet seen fit to explore "The Encantadas" with regard to Melville's theme of the man-nature dialectic that this thesis is written. It is the purpose of this paper to show how Melville views man, nature, and their relationship to each other within the bizarre setting of the Galapagos Islands. In no other work save Moby-Dick does Melville so deeply cut to the roots of the question of man and his role in the natural scheme of the cosmos. In order to examine the man-nature tension of "The Encantadas," I propose in Chapter II to evaluate Melville's exploration of man and nature in his life and his earlier writing. In Chapter III, I will try to resolve Melville's apparently ambivalent approach to the islands as a scientist or artist. Chapter IV discusses Melville's vie of nature as found in "The Encantadas," and Chapter V explores this picture of man in the harsh environment of the Galapagos Islands.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. The Encantadas



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South Dakota State University