Moby Dick: A Judgement Of Ahab's Character

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Moby Dick: A Judgment of Ahab’s Character
Everyone is responsible for their own actions; moreover, fate is just a scapegoat if something goes wrong. Captain Ahab, a character in the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville, is a victim of his own negligent actions. As a result, he faces an unfortunate death from the fury of the white whale. Ahab places all of his hate on the whale, whom is later referred to as Moby Dick, because he lost a leg to him. In his eyes, Moby Dick represents all of the hatred and evil in the world, and that he must go and destroy it. Yet, he is fully responsible for his own death due to the fact that he overlooked the warning signs that Nature and God provided for him, ...view middle of the document...

He called to Starbuck, the first mate on the ship, to confirm. They checked the two compasses on board, which said that they were headed in the opposite direction towards the east. Ahab had declared that “last night’s thunder turned the compasses” (495) and that they needed to be fixed in order to be correct. It was Ahab’s way of still wanting to pursue Moby Dick rather than just hunting whales for a living.
As well as ignoring the bad omens hurled at Ahab from nature, he had also lacked a sense of communication. On the first gam that the Pequod had with the Goney, Ahab does not want to board the other ship because of “the wind and sea betoken storms” (230). Ishmael, who is the narrator of the story, tells us that he thinks that “Ahab cared not to consort, even for five minutes, with any stranger captain, except he would contribute some of that information he so absorbingly sought” on Moby Dick (230). Ahab’s obsession of killing the white whale had clearly overpowered him to the point where he was not even willing to find out information about other news of any worth. Ahab continued to show his lack of communication by ignoring the many warnings exchanged by ships that have come across Moby Dick and had lost many crewmembers. One ship that had lost a member was the Delight had thrown the dead body overboard, so that the Pequod “was not quick enough to escape the sound of the splash that the corpse soon made as it struck the sea” (518). Yet again letting his monomaniac madness take over him, Ahab listened to his desire and continued on with sailing...

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