Essays Tagged: "captain ahab"

The Characters and Plot of "Moby Dick" by By Herman Melville

ny impact on the story. A common sailor named Ishmael is thenarrator. The book, however, focuses on Captain Ahab, the one-leggedcommander of the whaling ship Pequod. Ahab has sworn to kill thegigantic ... g to leave harbor. Out of three ships ready toleave, he chooses the Pequod. The owners of the ship, Captains Pelegand Bildad are excited to hear of Queequeg from Ishmael and gladlylet him join the cre ...

(6 pages) 120 0 3.9 Dec/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Symbolism and Foreshadowing in Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

hout his epic work. The sermon is an omen for the dynamic action of the novel, which is revealed in Captain Ahab's megalomaniacal pursuit of the white whale. No person, ship or force of nature can swa ... h for the crime of uttering the truth."(Gilmore, Smith 32)The story of Jonah provides symbolism for Captain Ahab. Ahab's hubris is the antithesis of Jonah's submission. "...Jonah's fuge,(sic) is repea ...

(7 pages) 88 0 3.0 Nov/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The plot of "Moby Dick".

uod's Quaker owners drive a hard bargain in terms of salary. They also mention the ships mysterious captain Ahab who is still recovering from losing his leg in an encounter with a sperm whale on his l ... e ship encounters other whaling vessels. Ahab always demands information about Moby Dick from their captains. One of the ships the Jeroboam carries Gabriel a crazed prophet who predicts doom for anyon ...

(4 pages) 44 0 3.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Take a passage from Moby Dick and explain the symbols of the book within the passage.

is ship's crew by taking them on a journey to kill one of the most savage beasts in the ocean. As a captain, Ahab cannot be so selfish and ignore the advice of his sailors. In addition to avenging Mob ...

(5 pages) 49 0 3.7 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Moby Dick:Herman Melville questions, and analyzes, the connections between Melville, Ahab, and modern religion

, philosophical inquiry, and critique of society. The story, essentially, is the story of the crazy Captain Ahab and his quest to defeat the sperm whale, Moby Dick. In chapters twenty-eight through th ... the first time any of the crew have met him, they are all content to obey his commands; he is their captain, as though he were a king at sea, and the crew merely his people, his mates the knights and ...

(3 pages) 47 0 0.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Use of Allegory in Anti-Transcententalist Literature

my commander's vengeance. How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if though gettest it, Captain Ahab?" This quote from Moby Dick is an example of the use of allegory to symbolize the stupi ... e Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.The first selection that uses allegory is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Captain Ahab symbolizes the danger in becoming overly determined. Captain Ahab will not let in to hi ...

(2 pages) 38 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Captain Ahab portrayed as monomaniacal in Moby Dick.

mania in its main character. Through his actions, words, thoughts, and what others think about him, Captain Ahab is truly monomaniacal. Ahab is monomaniacal through his words and thoughts. "Tal ... hile still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!" Captain Ahab is not only monomaniacal through his words, but through his actions, also. In one incid ...

(3 pages) 38 0 4.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Moby Dick and Thunderstorm on Narragansett Bay

Herman Melville's novel, Moby Dick, may on the surface seem to be the story of a sea captain obsessed with a whale. More than that, however, Moby Dick is an account of humankind's strug ... violent natural world. In the chapter entitled The Quarter Deck the reader is given a glimpse into Captain Ahab's madness, and the opportunity to see that madness reflected, not only from his crew, b ... 2). Not only is the ship the earth, but Ahab becomes the ship, and his "thought," his obsession, is captain.Later, as Starbuck begins to question Ahab's motives in his vendetta against the whale, sugg ...

(3 pages) 15 0 0.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Moby Dick - An example of how one mans obsession of getting revenge can drive a man mad and even turn deadly.

man's obsession of getting revenge can drive a man mad and even turn deadly.In the book Moby Dick, Captain Ahab seeks to get his revenge on a whale that took his leg. He becomes obsessed and turns ps ...

(1 pages) 21 0 1.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Pasteboard Mask

things because they made me happy and I thought that it was appropriate at the time. In Moby Dick, Captain Ahab feels that he must explore the outer limits of the "pasteboard mask" he has painted for ... ill be finding out more about what I like and what I am really made of.My experience as compared to Captain Ahab is not nearly as dramatic or dangerous. Ahab was looking for revenge for what the whale ...

(3 pages) 388 0 0.0 May/2001

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Moby Dick

Moby Dick is a story of Captain Ahab, commander of the whaling ship Pequod, who seeks revenge upon the white whale that took ... he whale symbolizes: the awesome power of nature. As evinced by dialogue in the later chapters, the captain comes to realize that Fate, or some larger universal power, controls him. Despite his appare ... nce of the squid and the misalignment of the compass during a severe storm. He understands that the captain's motivations are corrupt, and states this to the reader often. In the end, Ahab's futile st ...

(6 pages) 28 0 3.0 Jan/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

One flew over the cuckoos nest

white whale may be seen as a symbol of impenetrability which forms the book's focus over its "hero" Captain Ahab.Kesey, however, appears to associate Moby Dick with male aggressiveness/dominance as is ...

(3 pages) 1512 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Health & Medicine

Moby Dick

rs they also think that the special white whale may also have taken the sanity out of the old, wise Captain Ahab. The story Moby Dick is written by Herman Melville, a man who did not like nature and w ... al bar where many whalers come and tell their stories of the sea. He meets a whaler who talks about Captain Ahab. Ishmail has no idea who the man is. A whaler tells Ishmail "If God be a fish, he'd be ...

(7 pages) 1242 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American