Captain Ahab Essays

  • Captain Ahab and Moby Dick

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    Captain Ahab and Moby Dick: Literary critics point to a variety of themes and juxtapositions when analyzing Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”. Some see the land opposed to the sea or Fate opposed to free will. Most mention man versus nature or good versus evil. A perspective that seems overlooked though is the perspective of the self and the other. The self and other is when one discovers the other (something not us) within oneself, when one realizes that one is not a single being alien to anything

  • Moby Dick - Characters of Captain Ahab and Ishmael

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    The characters of captain Ahab and Ishmael are almost opposites.  About the only things the two share in common are that they are both seamen and they both are on a hunt for a whale. Ishmael is a pleasing character, who plays the role of the main character as well as narrator.  He is a common man who has a love for the sea, and goes to it to clear his mind whenever he feels down or feels that it is “a damp, drizzly November” in his soul.  As for his physical appearance, he doesn’t really specify

  • Melvilles Characters/comparison Of Captain Ahab And Billy Budd

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    individuals that have some similarities and differences. There are three traits that tie Captain Ahab and Billy Budd together even though they are on different sides in the fight between Good and Evil. They each have communication problems that play a part in their deaths. Neither of them can see an issue from another point of view, nor can they be influenced by others, although for entirely different reasons. Ahab and Billy share a few traits even though they are generally opposite characters. Communication

  • Captain Ahab

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    Captain Ahab sights Moby Dick from afar and continues his hot pursuit on the White Whale. For three days, a relentless chase occurs because of Ahab’s desire for revenge. The indomitable whale continually destroys boat after boat. During the latter days of the struggle, the whale finally attacks the Pequod, plunging the ship to the bottom pits of the ocean. Determined to reach his final goal, the captain makes a last ditch effort and launches his harpoon towards Moby Dick. Ironically, Ahab’s harpoon

  • Comparing Henry David Thoreau And Herman Melvilles Writings

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    power of God through the monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Captain Ahab is obsessed with the desire to destroy Moby Dick, his nemesis, which is truly symbolic of man's overwhelming quest to control and conquer nature. Melville depicts Ahab as an evil, egotistical human whose willingness to combat the forces of nature represents man's failure to understand his place in the universe. Melville uses Ishmael to voice his philosophies which portray Ahab as a crazy captain who fails to realize that he's up an unconquerable

  • Negotiating Identity: The Frontier in Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

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    out a version of the frontier myth that sees redefinition of national identity in terms of man confronting his other, reaffirming the self, and - through Ishmael's survival and narration - returning to civilization having defined what he is not.. Captain Ahab and his obsessive quest for the white whale symbolize in its most extreme form, an American desire to face the wild unknown and to promote national ascendancy through the confrontation. This paper will examine the seductive but limited conditions

  • Metaphysical Ideologies in Moby Dick

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    Metaphysical Ideologies in Moby Dick At first glance, Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, appears to be the story of a man, his captain, and the whale that they quest to destroy.  But a closer look reveals the author’s intense look at several metaphysical ideologies.  He explores some of the most ponderous quandaries of his time, among these being the existence of evil, knowledge of the self and the existential, and the possibility of a determined fate.  All of these were questions which philosophers

  • Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick

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    biblical allusion is of the prophet Elijah and Captain Ahab.  Elijah WARNS Queequeg and Ishmael of Ahab.  Ishmael says he and Queequeg ARE boarding the Pequod because they have just “signed the articles” (Melville 68) and Elijah responds “Anything down there about your souls” (Melville 68).  This conflict between Elijah and Ahab goes all the way back to the bible.  I Kings describes the conflict between King Ahab and his wife Jezebel.  Elijah tells Ahab that “in the place where dogs licked the blood

  • Mobey Dick

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    metaphor for the battle between the evil powers of the Devil versus the divine powers of God and Jesus, both try to obtain the souls of mankind in order to assist in each other's destruction. In this metaphor, the Devil is shown through the person of Captain Ahab, God becomes nature, Jesus is seen as the White Whale, and the representation of mankind is the crew. The voyage of the Pequod, therefore, is a representation of a similar voyage of mankind on earth, until the death of Jesus, during the whole thing

  • Moby Dick Captain Ahab Meaning

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    line proclaimed by Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. However, as one deconstructs Herman Melville's classic, he will observe that this gaffe is actually justified. Despite originating over a hundred years before the equality movements, Captain Ahab symbolizes one of their ambassadors because of his hatred for the system that wronged him; his driving will to enact revenge; and being disdained upon for his actions. To commence elaboration, the first characteristic exemplified by Ahab that establishes his

  • Summary Of Captain Ahab Had A Wife

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    The book, Captain Ahab Had a Wife, by Lisa Norling recounts the lives of colonial sea wives, whose crucial contributions to the overall success of the whaling industry has been overlooked by historians. The book mainly concentrates on the whaling widows, who resided on the island of Nantucket and on the mainland of New Bedford, which at the time, were the primary whaling communities in New England. As one of the requirements of the second most popular colonial occupation, the captains and sailors

  • Anti-Transcendentalists

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    Another characteristic of an antitranscendentalist character is that there is usually signs or clues that tell the character that he is destroying himself, but the character chooses the ignore the signs or clues. Abigail Williams from “The Crucible”, Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, and Roger Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter are all antitranscendentalists. They all harmed themselves and others in one way or another. Abigail Williams is an antitranscendentalist for many reasons. She brought harm to herself

  • Essay on Symbols and Symbolism in Moby Dick

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    burst his hot heart's shell upon it." Such was Melville's description of Captain Ahab. The symbolism that this statement suggests, along with many other instances of symbolism, are incorporated into Moby Dick. Although the crew knew that Ahab was obsessed with vengeance and wasn't interested in killing Moby Dick for whale oil, they still felt obligated to follow his orders. They knew that the rule book said that if a captain went against his contract due to personal feelings, they were obliged to

  • Moby Dick - Ahab's Pride, His Evil Vehicle to the World Below

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    and led by a man in search of the destruction of evil. Captain Ahab of the whaling ship the Pequod is a man whose heart is driven by revenge and a monomania that brings on the destruction of the Pequod and all but one member of her crew. He is looking to destroy the abominable White Whale, the Evil of the Earth, Moby Dick. This drive, in which Ahab believes he is doing good to the world by ridding it of this devilish creature, truly brings Ahab to commit the ultimate sin, pride, and become the evil

  • Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

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    Herman Melville began working on his epic novel Moby-Dick in 1850, writing it primarily as a report on the whaling voyages he undertook in the 1830s and early 1840s. Many critics suppose that his initial book did not contain characters such as Ahab, Starbuck, or even Moby Dick, but the summer of 1850 changed Melville’s writing and his masterpiece. He became friends with author Nathaniel Hawthorne and was greatly influenced by him. He also read Shakespeare and Milton’s Paradise Lost (Murray

  • Man Against God in Moby Dick

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    mankind's fate and weave the mat of life to completion. Humanity, like Captain Ahab, has chosen to follow the direction of his own desires rather than reason and faith. Refusing to hear the voice of reason, man has seared Starbuck-his conscience and morals-to "a lipless, unfeatured blank" (459). Following the desires of the flesh, he has thrown out the compass and declared himself "lord of the level loadstone" (425). And like Captain Ahab, humanity will suffer the consequences of "all his fatal pride" (425)

  • Call Me Ishmael Captain Ahab Quotes

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    relationships. Aristotle's Good Life tells us that Captain Ahab isn’t living a good life. Captain Ahab can’t maintain a friendship without doing something to act crazy or push them away, and does not have reason in his life, meaning he doesn’t think about the consequences or repercussions that his decision have; he has one thing on his mind and it’s to get Moby Dick. One of the two ways to respond badly to suffering is to let it destroy you. Captain Ahab let what Moby Dick had done to

  • Compare And Contrast Scarlet Letter And Captain Ahab

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    it is most frequently seen through Roger Chillingworth. Evil can also been seen through the character Captain Ahab in Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil, but are different in many ways, such as the reason they want revenge, if they work alone or with others, and how vocal they are about their revenge. One thing that makes Chillingworth and Ahab so different is what caused them to become the revenge-obsessed monsters that they are. In The Scarlet

  • Ahab as the Hero of Moby Dick

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    Ahab as the Hero of Moby Dick One might think it a difficult task to find a tragic hero hidden in the pages of Moby Dick. Yet, there is certainly potential for viewing Ahab as heroic despite unfavorable responses to him by the reader. In the original formula coming from the Greeks, the tragic hero had to be a high-born individual of elevated status possessed of a fatal flaw which resulted in their downfall. With Othello Shakespeare redefined elevated status to include position alone rather

  • Similarities Between Moby Dick And Ahab's Wife

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    end their lives because they had led a comparatively gratifying existence. Giles and Kit had their companionship to savor on quiet nights, while Captain Fry had Chester to love. These characters were not emotionally-devoid, just weak of spirit-too dependant on ephemeral quiet waters to keep them