Course 4—Lecture

LitCourse 4
How to Read: Title & Setting
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Purpose of setting—theme

Themes, or the central ideas of a story, are often reflected in a work's setting.

Moby-Dick is set on a whaling ship, a micro- cosm of society. The ship sails the oceans—a vast, mysterious, unknowable world—suggest- ing that we cannot truly know the nature of the universe, despite all our knowledge and powers of reason.

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