The Miltonic Influence on Melville’s Vision of Epic Warfare
Various scholars have supported the intertextual link between John Milton and Herman Melville. This research anticipates extending this argument. It is important to note when Melville’s Moby Dick and Milton’s Paradise Lost were written. Both works were written relatively close to their historically respective civil wars. Certainly, the historical circumstances and political climate had an influence in their epic vision. The intent of this research is to compare and analyze the epic modes of warfare in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Melville’s Moby Dick. Moreover, this research seeks to gain a keener insight into the evolution of the epic genre. Through a comparison and analysis of martial imagery, this research may contribute to a better understanding of the influence of warfare (or the political and cultural circumstances which lead to war) in epic literature.