Race and Culture in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'
The novel is brimming with murkiness and blinding whiteness, with the haziness of the Grampus' hold and the island of Tsalal standing out from the whiteness of the South Pole. The whiteness of the southern ranges of the Earth may not allude to some racial perfect but rather to a bigger, purer domain of mysticism and self-realization. Pym never uncovers why he voyages, regardless of whether for pleasure, to find his personality, or to keep running from something. A few critics may contend that Pym all in all mirrors Poe's evaluate of white bigotry and imperialism, a declaration that is bolstered all through the novel.