Bob Dylan accused of plagiarising his Nobel Peace Prize speech

News 16/06/2017

Last year Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature.

Bob’s song writing and poetry earned the recognition from the voters.

Follwing the award, Bob Dylan failed to respond and wouldn’t confirm if he would attend the ceremony or even accept the award.

He later released a statement stating he was grateful and would accept the award and Patti Smith went to the ceremony on his behalf and performed in his place.

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 listened they noticed his speech seems to be very similar to that found off of the popular book summary website Sparknotes. 

See the speech below:

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.”

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