Shakespeare never mentioned Hughes, as William, Willie, Willy or anything else, in his sonnets. He dedicated several of them to "W.H." We do not know who W.H. was. William Hughes is one of the most likely possibilities, but this identification is not certain. In any case, Hughes was one of many actors who played female roles in the theater of that time. His "willy" would have been his least important professional qualification.ahaha ok ok ...But I known that just William Shakespeare make allusions with the short name of William (Willie) Hughes (in some his sonnets I think) ...
That's what the link I posted (my post 2) said. And I also maintain what I said (in agreement with all of you who weighed in after me): the whale's genitalia have nothing to do with his name.It appears that Melville developed "Moby-Dick" from the famous white whale called "Mocha Dick." (Mocha Dick has a Wikipedia page here.) Mocha Dick got his name by being sighted off the coast of Mocha Island. "Dick" is probably just the common English use of "Dick" to mean "any fellow, man, or lad."
Nobody knows why Melville decided to change "Mocha" into "Moby" (rather than any other M-word).
The term spermaceti has nothing to do with the whale's genetalia either. Look up sperm whales. Here is one article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperm_whaleI remember that Dick like Willy mean penis ... so this big "fish" and the obsessive and recursive word "spermaceti" present in the novel ( or romance?)
What do you think about "Moby Dick" ? It is only a fantasy name?