Jaws and Moby-Dick are two apt examples to be considered. Whereas, Jaws is a thriller of impulsive importance that engages the human perception with the unpredictability, raciness and variety of its scope, Moby-Dick does qualify to be labeled as a timeless work of literature that engrossingly and emphatically allures the human consciousness with its multiple facets that are plot, characterization, language and symbolism. So far as the plot of Jaws is concerned, its appeal is superficial, shallow and time bound. Though the plots in Moby-Dick and Jaws revolve around a mammoth white fish and the obsession of a character with the actual hunting down of that fish, the similarity in these two works of literature is limited only to that. In Jaws, Peter Benchley arranges the events and sequences within the plot to achieve a plausible target effect that are awe, intimidation and curiosity. The intended impact of the plot is impulsive and simplistic in its approach, as the characters in the story utterly fail to engage in actions and thought that could bring the reader to consider dispositional and moral concepts, which are of timeless relevance and import.
In contrast, Moby-Dick is a work of literature in which the actual plot is characterized by multiple layers of sequences and events, which are ordered and arranged with artful dexterity towards the attainment of multifaceted, pithy and universal, artistic and emotional effects (Sten 38). Unlike Jaws, Moby-Dick does not rely on run of the mill