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Assessing Melville's Moby Dick as a Person's Story and Naslund's Novel, Ahab's Wife as a Woman's Story Throughout my reading of Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife, I had been upset by the fact that the many tempting way to situate the 2 novels in a connection was to categorize them as "man" and "female." Moby Dick was, of course, the guy's story and Ahab's Wife has been its own counterpart. This comparison makes sense when you consider the gender of the authors, Melville and Naslund, the gender of their respective narrators, Ishmael and Una, and also the experiences portrayed during the texts. Many readers assert, "There are no female characters in Moby Dick- how is it anything but a guy's story?" In that circumstance, it's easy to position Ahab's Wife at the opposite end of the literary spectrum because the novel is told only from a feminine perspective. Viewing the texts in this way suggests that our conceptions of gender have not changed much since the times of Adam and Eve. In that story the man, Adam, came first and provided the base for humankind. Eve was an afterthought, hauled from one rib. The rib which became Una can be found at Moby Dick- one reference to Ahab's spouse back in Nantucket. Adam and Eve represent a very clear division between male and female who established the sex binary we now impose on both of these texts. I find this dichotomy troubling and ultimately insufficient for many reasons. First of all, I don't agree with all the spectrum notion that places maleness on one side and femaleness on the flip, subsequently locates Moby Dick and Ahab's Wife at those opposite poles. But this formulation exists in almost every area of research. The scientific term for the differences between females and males of a s.. .