Moby Dick Analysis

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ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT by TORITSE IKOMI. SYMBOLISM 1. AHAB. In the book Moby dick, Ahab is the captain of the pequod he is also a symbol in the book as well.Captian Ahab symbolizes the uselessness of vengeance, wickedness and authority. Ahab showed how futile and useless vengeance is because he was so much interested in revenging Moby dick that he forgot the main purpose of the whaling activity. ”I am game for his crooked jaw, and for the jaws of Death too, Captain Ahab, if it fairly comes in the way of the business we follow; but I came here to hunt whales, not my commander’s vengeance. How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab? It will not fetch thee much in our Nantucket market.”(pg.311).The above extract is when Starbuck was complaining about how he wants to hunt whale but not because his commander wants to revenge the whale that took away his as much as Ahab was warned about what he was about to embark on but he didn’t listen and at the end of the day he ended up losing his life due to the fact that he taught the could beat nature (by trying to kill the whale). He also symbolised wickedness, Ahab had no source of kindness in him especially when he allowed captain Gardiner- “I will not go,’ said the stranger, ‘till you say aye to me. Do to me as you would have me do to you in the like case. For YOU too have a boy, Captain Ahab—though but a child, and nestling safely at home now—a child of your old age too—Yes, yes, you relent; I see it—run, run, men, now, and stand by to square in the yards.’ ‘Avast,’ cried Ahab—‘touch not a rope-yarn"; then in a voice that prolongingly moulded every word—‘Captain Gardiner, I will not do it. Even now I lose time. Goodbye, good-bye. God bless ye, man, and may I forgive myself, but I must go” (pg.969). That extract shows pure wickedness ,captain
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