Moby Dick And Fate Essay

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Fate is an uncontrolled force that determines the development of our lives. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is an allegory of man’s struggle with the fate of God. The characters of Moby Dick pursue to challenge divine determinism with free will. Ishmael and Ahab threaten their unavoidable destinies and confront God, who ultimately imposes either tragedy or obedience to those who defy his fate. Their destiny is a resultant of their confrontation with God and their reactions to the imposition of fate. Ahab’s quest for revenge on God is driven by his desire to protest the injustices of fate. Ishmael believes that his decisions are already determined by fate. Both characters acknowledge the ...view middle of the document...

He announces that he must continue on the “iron rails” that are arranged for his purpose. Another example of Ahab recognizing God as a driving force behind his madness is when he cries,
“All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event —in the living act, the undoubted deed —there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask!”(Ch 36, 179).
Ahab is forsaking his humanity in order to “strike” God down and escape the reality that God is behind the “mask”. By encouraging his men to escape the prisons of fate, he exposes his reasoning in disobeying and seeking confrontation with God. Ahab feels the need to confront the force, which controls his existence and imprisons his free will, to gain freedom over his himself.
On the other hand, Ishmael accepts and minds God’s plan for him. He is led to believe that free will is swayed by divine forces. Ishmael shares that “….those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for magnificent parts in high tragedies” (Ch 1, 21). Ishmael claims that his whaling voyage is degreed by fate. Ishmael admits actor of the “stage managers” and his actions have already been predetermined. Ishmael does not defy God’s will and try to escape or rebel his fate. Ishmael has been exposed to sermons that forewarn the disobedience and rebellion against ones’ will and the consequences that follow. Ishmael responds to these fate fearing sermons with , “I leave eternity to Thee; for what is man that he should live out...

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