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PORTRAYAL OF TRIBAL LIFE IN HERMAN MELVILLE’S TYPEE

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Author(s): Dr. C. Muralidara Kannan

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 416;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
Herman Melville is one of the greatest novelists in American Literature. He has written several novels like Typee, Omoo, Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket and Moby Dick of which Typee is known as Typee: A peep at Polynesian Life, during a four months’ residence in a Valley of the Marquesas is the first novel. It reflects his personal experiences in the South Seas. It was published in the year 1846. Melville’s quest for a unique paradise, another Garden of Eden, away from his civilized society is obvious in Typee. Simultaneously, the novel reflects the tribal life of Typee Valley. It is indeed a true account of Herman Melville’s visit to the valley, the experience and observation at this tribal valley had resulted in bringing out his maiden novel, Typee. This paper makes an attempt to study the tribal life of the Typees, their mores and customs, their government and their religion, their marriage practices and their food habits, their rituals and their taboos.
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