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This is a story about a sailor named Ishmael who is the narrator Captain Ahab the one-legged commander of the ship Pequod is the main character Ahab has sworn to kill this huge whale Moby Dick who took away his leg Starbuck is the first mate of the Pequod and Queequeg Tashtego and Daggoo are the three harpooners This story takes place in Great Britain all over the eastern Atlantic Ocean and in the Indian Ocean around the early 1800s It begins with Ishmael becoming extremely agitated He decides to go out to sea on a whaling ship In the port of New Bedford he meets and shares a room with a harpooner named Queequeg The two of them become good friends and agree to sail together The day after they arrive at Nantucket Ishmael begins searching for a whaling ship getting ready to leave harbor Out of three ships ready to leave he chooses the Pequod The owners of the ship are Captain Peleg and Captain Bildad and they are excited to hear of Queequeg from Ishmael and glad to let him join the crew They are told the captain of the ship is named Ahab Peleg and Bildad say that he is a good man but because of some strange illness he is confined to his cabin On Christmas day and with Ahab still in his cabin the Pequod sets sail in the Atlantic As the weather begins to warm up several months after leaving port Ahab is finally seen on deck The strangest thing about Ahab is his peg leg it is made of ivory As the weeks passed by Ahab started to become friendlier One day he called the crew before him He tells them that the sole mission of the Pequod is to kill Moby Dick Moby Dick is a gigantic whale with a crooked jaw and a deformed forehead He has never been defeated and has attacked and sunk
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