May I present…
Hmm, does this poster look familiar to anyone? Oh yeah!
Moby Dick (1851) is a novel written by Herman Melville. For many, including the professor who taught my American literature class, it is the quintessential novel. I did not like it, but it is written in such a way that it can be used as a metaphor for almost any topic. It was the Swiss army knife of books, invaluable when writing an English paper.
With “Moby Dick”, you can tie in:
1) man vs. nature
3) the ever-popular Christ figure
4) the quixotic quest
In fact, the only literary theme that was difficult to discuss within the context of “Moby Dick” was feminism and motherhood, as there are no females in the book. However, the sex of the white whale is never mentioned, so some adventurous readers say that the whale is female and Captain Ahab has mother issues.
English lit class. Only art class was more subjective.
This is how I picture the movie pitch went down;
WRITER WHO STUDIED MELVILLE IN COLLEGE: I would like to make an adaptation of Moby Dick!
STUDIO EXEC: Great, monster movie, it’s like “Jaws!” But how about we set it in modern day?
STUDIO EXEC: And we make Captain Ahab a woman! How about the sidekick from “Xena: Warrior Princess”? Cult show in the 90’s!
WWSMIC: … [pauses for his soul to die]
Voila! The end product being something with which I’m sure no one involved was happy.