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Melville portrays Queequeg as a blend of civilized behavior and savagery. Certainly in his appearance and upbringing he is uncivilized by the standards of the main characters of the novel, yet Melville (through his narrator Ishmael) finds Queequeg to be incredibly noble, courteous and brave. Queequeg is unsure of Civilized" people with manners. In New Zealand Queequeg is used to people saying what they mean instead of deceiving behind manners and civility.