The Lightning-Rod Man by Herman Melville audiobook

The Lightning-Rod Man

By Herman Melville
Read by Patrick Lawlor

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    ISBN: 9781593165376

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After spending the summer of 1853 in the Berkshire Mountains, where he supposedly had a real life encounter with a lightning-rod salesman, Melville published “The Lightning-Rod Man.” At the end of this short story, the lightning-rod salesman is exposed for the fraud that he is. However, that will not keep his successors from fanning out to the Middle West, where lightning storms abound and farmers were gullible. On another level, the story can be interpreted as a confrontation between good and evil. Through description and diction, the narrator is understood as a follower of God, someone who believes in the Almighty watching over him. On the other hand, the lightning-rod man is seen as a negative character, someone who only has faith in the product he’s peddling.

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After spending the summer of 1853 in the Berkshire Mountains, where he supposedly had a real life encounter with a lightning-rod salesman, Melville published “The Lightning-Rod Man.” At the end of this short story, the lightning-rod salesman is exposed for the fraud that he is. However, that will not keep his successors from fanning out to the Middle West, where lightning storms abound and farmers were gullible. On another level, the story can be interpreted as a confrontation between good and evil. Through description and diction, the narrator is understood as a follower of God, someone who believes in the Almighty watching over him. On the other hand, the lightning-rod man is seen as a negative character, someone who only has faith in the product he’s peddling.

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Author Bio: Herman Melville

Author Bio: Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819–1891) was born in New York City. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839—a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the posthumously published novella Billy Budd.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 0.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English