By Laurie A Sterling

Herman Melville is commonly considered as one of many maximum American authors. This quantity bargains paper-topic feedback & define suggestions on composing a powerful essay, including indight from Harold Bloom on writing approximately Melville.

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He lives, then, on ginger-nuts,” the narrator observes, “never eats a dinner, properly speaking; he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts” (2410). Perhaps as a result of this poor diet, Bartleby’s health suffers. ” Similarly, the narrator’s frequent descriptions of Bartleby as “cadaverous”—for example his “cadaverously gentlemanly nonchalance” (2413) and “his mildly cadaverous reply” (2415)—reinforce this belief that Bartleby is ill, and they foreshadow his eventual death by starvation.

Another common trap to avoid is depending on your title to introduce the author and the text you are writing about. Always include the work’s author and title in your opening paragraph. Compare the effectiveness of the following introductions: 1. Throughout the course of history, business has flourished. Many people wonder about the values of business, though. Herman Melville was one of those people. He wondered about what business does to people. These two stories show that he wondered about business.

Instead, after a quotation, you should cite the author’s last name and the page number: “The famous Fayaway of Typee is a charming and sympathetic creature. Lovely to look at, uninhibited, 36 Bloom’s How to Write about Herman Melville tender, sensual, she understands better than any of the other Typees Tommo’s needs and desires” (Douglas 297). If you include the name of the author in your prose, then you would include only the page number in your citation. For example: According to Ann Douglas, “Fayaway of Typee is a charming and sympathetic creature.

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