Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Scott Suter

Degree Award Date

Spring 5-1-2021


ambiguity, isolation, violence, redemption, good, evil, America, whalers, scalp hunters


American Literature | American Popular Culture | Classical Literature and Philology | Literature in English, North America


This essay focuses on three American epic novels: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, and Underworld by Don DeLillo. More specifically, the essay examines the themes of ambiguity, redemption, good and evil, isolation, and violence as they are depicted in these three novels and what they indicate about America and its people and society.

Recommended Citation

Alcazar, Arturo. "Old Industries, Old Conflicts: The Significance of American Epic Novels." Senior Honors Project, Bridgewater College, 2021

Force Open Access