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Khan's bookshelf

by ebreilly

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan involves a complex weaving of many borrowed elements, the most important of which is the Star Trek television series, as well as Moby-Dick, and A Tale of Two Cities. The intertextual mix is suggested in a shot early in the film when we are first introduced to Khan by scanning his bookshelf. In addition to a sign from his ship, the Botany Bay (named after a historic port in Australia through which many convicts entered the country), there are Dante's Inferno, King Lear, The King James Bible, Moby-Dick, and two copies of Paradise Lost. Each book suggests aspects of Khan's character. Though other references remain implicit, the Moby-Dick references are explicitly explored throughout the movie.

Wrath of Khan - Khan's bookshelf

A shot of Khan's bookshelf, containing many classic works including Moby-Dick.

from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Creator: Nicholas Meyer
Posted by ebreilly
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