Re: Moby Dick Chapter 76 The Battering Ram
it was interesting how as i read your reply i continued to do what i usually do and kept trying to move the metaphor within. for example where you said...
i thought, british settlers seeking to tame and control the untamed wildness of american continent is further metaphor for human tries to tame and control untamed wildness of their own subconscious. mistakenly trying to dominate rather than sublimate.
and where you said
i thought it is further metaphor connoting Ahab is alienated from his own subconscious (he doesnt know himself) and in this ignorance has chosen the unfortunate path of responding by trying to "blow it up" rather than come to terms with it, to get to know himself more completely. mistakenly trying to dominate rather than sublimate.
so i only seem to acknowledge outer readings as steps toward the ultimate reading which is always within, so if i read moby dick i would be thinking ok. we are ahab, and we are moby dick, and we are the boat they sail in etc etc everything a metaphor directly connoting an aspect of selves.
even if i look at just a rose plant i think oh wow that's like us it's been cut right back but new life is flourishing on it, and look it has lovely flowers but prickly thorns, just like us etc etc.
i suppose it's my religion