Captain ahab and moby dick

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Character profile for Captain Ahab from Moby-Dick, or, the Whale (page 1)

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Captain Ahab , fictional character, a one-legged captain of the whaling vessel Pequod in the novel Moby Dick , by Herman Melville.
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Captain Ahab

What can we say we know about him? His crew say he never sleeps, only tosses in bed. None of the crew knows where he got it, but they all know how he lost his leg. During the course of this long, painful journey Ahab came to fix all his hatred on the White Whale. Yet the power of his charisma is such that he can communicate his extreme, dangerous hatred to an entire crew, even educated, sensitive and openhearted Ishmael. To deny that multiplicity, to crush it all down into a binary opposition, as Ahab attempts, is to risk wrecking yourself. At last, even Ahab cannot maintain his extremist position.

He is the monomaniacal captain of the whaling ship Pequod. On a previous voyage, the white whale Moby Dick bit off Ahab's leg, and he now wears a prosthetic leg made out of whalebone. The whaling voyage of the Pequod ends up as a hunt for revenge on the whale, as Ahab forces the crew members to support his fanatical mission. When Moby Dick is finally sighted, Ahab's hatred robs him of all caution, and the whale drags Ahab to the bottom of the sea. Melville biographer Andrew Delbanco calls Ahab "a brilliant personification of the very essence of fanaticism".

Click the character infographic to download. Captain Ahab: one of the best whaling captains in Nantucket, the commander of the Pequod , and definitely a bit odd. He's got an Oldboy -style vendetta against a dang whale, after all. Ahab behaves sort of like a sane man, but his motives are entirely in sane. He resolves to use everything in his power to revenge himself on the White Whale, and agrees to be the captain of the Pequod in order to get an opportunity to pursue his vendetta. In the democratic framework of a novel that likes to remind us just how egalitarian it is, Ahab, this rough, old Nantucket seaman, can be just as much of a tragic hero as Oedipus or King Lear. These "fools" manage to give their respective tragic heroes excellent advice embroidered with snatches of songs and strange puns.

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The book is sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab , captain of the whaling ship Pequod , for revenge on Moby Dick , the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance , the work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in Its reputation as a " Great American Novel " was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author's birth. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written the book himself, [1] and D. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world" and "the greatest book of the sea ever written". Melville began writing Moby-Dick in February , and would eventually take 18 months to write the book, a full year more than he had first anticipated.


  1. Tancredo M. says:

    Baddies in books: Captain Ahab, the obsessive, revenge-driven nihilist | Books | The Guardian

  2. Aiglentina L. says:

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