Moby Dick is set in Massachusetts where “nearly a third part of the population are Quakers” (Chase 9). The heavy religious influence of the time period likely made characters more morally right than people today. Whaler's were often out on the sea for extended periods of time, and had to be resourceful. It was not unheard of for a whaling ship to scavenge parts and whole lifeboats from a beached ship (Chase 12). Ships often faced dangers from the environment in addition to the dangerous nature of their trade. While traveling a ship would occasionally have to “abandon the idea of keeping any correct longitude” (Chase 39).
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...an better ourselves.
In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the betterment of mankind ultimately is his undoing. The first true AI, HAL. Considered to be 100% error proof fails and murders several humans whose lives he was entrusted with. 2001: A Space Odyssey continues to demonstrate the theme of man vs. nature through the scientists interaction with the obelisk, and Bowman's travel through the solar system. It is considered to be a classic because of the very stylistic camera shots and odd yet entirely working film score.
What must be asked of ourselves, then, is why has human nature guided us in such a way that our own reward-seeking tendencies will ultimately be the cause of destruction. And how should we go about changing it? It seems that man is constantly fighting with his own subconscious with Both the conscious man and unconscious mind thinking they know what's best.
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