story of Ahab and the White Whale becomes for Ishmael a paradigm (as it like that of Ishmael and Ahab. Just as they are . I trust that the thesis will yield its meaning through to make some remarks about the relationship between. Melville. Ishmael and Captain Ahab are the two most significant characters in ''Moby-Dick'' besides the White Whales himself. This lesson looks at the relationship. Although Ishmael puts off Moby Dick's physical entrance until the final . destruction in terms of bereavement and foregrounds his relationship to the ship's hearsay, although he expresses trust in what he has heard: “I know it to be true; it.
In all, this image is of a man who is twisted by hatred. There are many ways to understand this classic novel by Herman Melville and one of them has to do with the struggle between good and evil.
In this case, it is Ahab who is so dominated by evil that he takes his ship, himself and his crew to their deaths.
For purposes of this essay, it is important to see how lusting after revenge can be enormously self defeating. There are some who will insist that consequences make no difference in the quest for revenge. However, I believe these vengeful people are thinking in terms of physical consequences, such as imprisonment. As portrayed my Herman Melville, the consequences suffered by Ahab were not that he lost his life but that he lost his entire perspective on life and over estimated how it would feel to succeed.
Some pieces of recent research show that revenge does not help the vengeful person to feel any better.
So, why do some people become obsessed by thoughts and fantasies of revenge while others do not? The answer lies partly in how resilient a person is and how firm and intact their ego is. In other words, the more a person feels humiliated by an injustice committed against them, the more likely they are to become obsessed by fantasies of revenge. In this lies the problem of revenge. That damage was inflicted long ago, probably in the way that person was raised as a child.
Growing up with abuse, authoritarian parents, conflict at home, chaos, deprivation and neglect are some of the ingredients that help produce a human being with limited resilience and poor ego strength. What are your experiences with suffering insults, wanting revenge and becoming obsessed with hatred? He is of Indian Zoroastrian " Parsi " descent, and is described as having lived in China. When the Pequod sets sail, Fedallah is hidden on board with the crew of Ahab's boat; they emerge only when the boats are first lowered to pursue a whale.
Fedallah is referred to in the text as Ahab's "Dark Shadow. He is the source of a variety of prophecies regarding Ahab and his hunt for Moby Dick, including one about the manner of Ahab's death: The first time out, Pip jumps from the boat, causing Stubb and Tashtego to lose their already-harpooned whale.
Tashtego and the rest of the crew are furious; Stubb chides him "officially" and "unofficially," even raising the specter of slavery: By the time he is rescued, he has become at least to the other sailors "an idiot," "mad.
Others[ edit ] Dough Boy is the pale, nervous steward of the ship. The Cook FleeceBlacksmith Perthand Carpenter of the ship are each highlighted in at least one chapter near the end of the book.
Fleece, a very old, half-deaf African-American with bad knees, is presented in the chapter "Stubb's Supper" at some length in a dialogue where Stubb good-humoredly takes him to task over how to prepare a variety of dishes from the whale's carcass.
Ahab calls on the Carpenter to fashion a new whalebone leg after the one he wears is damaged; later he has Perth forge a special harpoon that he carries into the final confrontation with Moby Dick. Perth is one of the few characters whose previous life is described in much detail: Others met at sea[ edit ] Captain Boomer[ edit ] Boomer commands the Samuel Enderby of London, one of the ships that Ahab encounters at sea. He has not only seen Moby Dick recently, but lost his arm to him in a previous attack.
Like Ahab, he has replaced the missing limb with a prosthesis made of sperm whale bone, in his case a mallet.
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Ahab immediately assumes he has found a kindred spirit in his thirst for vengeance, but Boomer is yet another representation of the duality to be found throughout the novel; in this instance, a sane and rational counterpart to Ahab.
While Boomer also anthropomorphizes Moby Dick, describing the "boiling rage" the whale seemed to be in when Boomer attempted to capture him, he has easily come to terms with losing his arm, and harbors no ill-will against Moby Dick, advising Ahab to abandon the pursuit. The Enderby's doctor provides solid reasoning for this attitude, informing the gathering: Do you know, gentlemen, that the digestive organs of the whale are so inscrutably constructed by Divine Providence, that it is quite impossible for him to completely digest even a man's arm?
And he knows it too. So that what you take for the White Whale's malice is only his awkwardness.
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For he never means to swallow a single limb; he only thinks to terrify by feints. While appearing to be whole, the leg is badly damaged and cannot be trusted; it now serves as metaphor for its wearer.
Derick de Deer[ edit ] Derick de Deer is a German whaling captain.