Bob Dylan Finally Gives His Nobel Peace Lecture, But Many Are Accusing His Speech Of Being Plagiarized!
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This isn’t a good look
Last year, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. Bob’s song writing and poetry earned the recognition from the voters, and everyone in the classic rock community was thrilled to hear about this prestigious honor.
However, the months following his nomination were incredibly strange and awkward. Dylan failed to respond to the summit, and wouldn’t confirm if he would attend the ceremony, or even accept the award. The standoff between him and the academy was pretty tense, but a simple statement from Dylan, which stated he was grateful and would accept the award, extinguished the stalemate. Dylan was not able to make the ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, so instead, he had to record a lecture. The lecture was recently posted, and is available to listen to.
After people have listened, they realized there were some strong parallels between his speech, and stuff found off of the popular book summary website Sparknotes. Did Bob Dylan plagiarize some of his speech? Some of these lines might be strong evidence:
Dylan: “Finally, Ahab spots Moby … Boats are lowered … Moby attacks Ahab’s boat and destroys it. Next day, he sights Moby again. Boats are lowered again. Moby attacks Ahab’s boat again.”
SparkNotes: “Ahab finally sights Moby Dick. The harpoon boats are launched, and Moby Dick attacks Ahab’s harpoon boat, destroying it. The next day, Moby Dick is sighted again, and the boats are lowered once more … Moby Dick again attacks Ahab’s boat.”
Dylan: “Tashtego says that he died and was reborn. His extra days are a gift. He wasn’t saved by Christ, though, he says he was saved by a fellow man and a non-Christian at that. He parodies the resurrection.”
SparkNotes: “Tashtego … has died and been reborn, and any extra days of his life are a gift. His rebirth also parodies religious images of resurrection. Tashtego is ‘delivered’ from death not by Christ but by a fellow man – a non-Christian at that.”
Dylan: Another ship’s captain – Captain Boomer – he lost an arm to Moby. But he tolerates that, and he’s happy to have survived. He can’t accept Ahab’s lust for vengeance.
SparkNotes: “…a whaling ship whose skipper, Captain Boomer, has lost an arm in an encounter with Moby Dick …. Boomer, happy simply to have survived his encounter, cannot understand Ahab’s lust for vengeance.”
What do you think? You can listen to the entire lecture down below.