Queequeg


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Queequeg

Polynesian prince and Ishmael’s comrade aboard whaling vessel, Pequod. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
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Upon waking next morning about daylight, I found Queequeg's arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner.
Thinks I, Queequeg, under the circumstances, this is a very civilized overture; but, the truth is, these savages have an innate sense of delicacy, say what you will; it is marvellous how essentially polite they are.
With a keen cutting-spade, Queequeg lances the gums; then the jaw is lashed down to ringbolts, and a tackle being rigged from aloft, they drag out these teeth, as Michigan oxen drag stumps of old oaks out of wild wood-lands.
The novel's principal characters, and even objects--Ahab, Ishmael, Ishmael's shipmate Queequeg, from the 'South Seas', the whale himself, the coffin on which Ishmael drifts to safety at the end of the novel--have all floated free of their original context and become cultural touchstones.
At this moment, Bugs seems like Melville's Queequeg to Hemingway's Nick as Ishmael.
The bulk of the story follows the four ship mates, Ishmael, Queequeg, Stubbs and Starbuck, along with their captain, Ahab.
Queequeg worships a Congo idol and peddles human heads on Cape Cod.
Had I been Queequeg, my kindred spirit who visits me in daydreams, I would've pierced him with a broomstick sharpened into a harpoon, smeared his face in the blackest mud, and then dragged him down into the depths of the ocean where there are no angels to weep for the dead.
Although he initially shrinks in fear from this tattooed stranger whom he assumes to be a heathenish savage (and possibly a cannibal), Ishmael grows to love and respect Queequeg. He learns to get out of his own skin and to question his cultural assumptions and prejudices through Queequeg's eyes (Karcher, Shadow 67-72).
It's as if Moby-Dick, say, were made into a series in which Ahab and Ishmael and Queequeg and the gang - Moby too!
It may be subtext--Huck and Jim on the raft; Ishmael and Queequeg in bed aboard the Pequod--or it may be an all-too-obvious source of shame, as in The Scarlet Letter.
Ishmael and Queequeg are characters from which novel?