YMMV / The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

  • Harsher in Hindsight: In 1884, a ship called the Mignonette left England for Australia. The yacht was hit by storms off the coast of Africa. Four men were left adrift in a dinghy with no food or water, but they did manage to catch, kill, and eat a turtle. Starving, they decided one of their number needed to die so the rest might live, and they settled on the youngest among them. He died, was eaten, and the others were rescued four days later, still munching on what remained of his body. His name? Richard Parker.
  • Values Dissonance - Poe's characterization of the Tsalal would have made Nathan Bedford Forrest say "Now, wait just a minute there..."
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