Revenge caused by injury and it's consequences in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick"

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As it is seen in the Bible, under Leviticus 24:19-21, "If a man injures his neighbor, just as he has done, so it shall be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has injured a man, so it shall be inflicted on him. Thus the one who kills an animal shall make it good, but the one who kills a man shall be put to death." This is man's view towards taking revenge against each other. But, what happens when it isn't man or woman who has caused the injury? What if it's something much larger and far more dangerous than a mere human being? How does man react to that? In referring to said quote above, it should be "put to death." Such is the case in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. In this story, a crazed captain named Ahab leads his crew of whale hunters on a suicide voyage in search for the elusive whale Moby Dick who severed his leg to the point of amputation.

Ahab's true intentions hidden from the clueless crew, as demented captain searches for his new nemesis. As this book shows with the character Ahab, man's monomaniacal thirst for revenge after a personal injury can result in disaster and the loss of the appreciation for the complexities of man versus nature and the nature of man, .

First of all, the main character that experiences this thirst for seeking revenge is none other than the notorious Captain Ahab. Ahab is the old, embittered captain of the Pequod. On his most recent journey out into the ocean in order to do his job as a whaler, Ahab loses his leg to the most elusive whale in the sea, Moby Dick. After remaining out...