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Captain Ahab in the novel Moby Dick is quite a character He is the Captain of the whaling ship the Pequod and is out on a voyage to kill the great white whale named Moby Dick Throughout his journey on sea Ahab maintains focus on one thing and only one thing killing Moby Dick It comes to show throughout the story that a close-minded man is blind to his surroundingsOn a whaling mission before Ahabs leg was bitten off by the white whale and ever since then Ahab has focused only on the revenge he will get when he kills the whale The captains prosthetic leg is then made out of the jawbone of Moby Dick Ahabs leg becomes a constant reminder of the whale and a constant motivation for his revenge Some might describe that character of Ahab to be insane and at times evil I do not believe he is insane In a section of the movie Ahab is seen speaking with Starbuck calmly and actually sharing his feelings with the crewmember These are not actions of an insane man Ahab shows true feeling for Starbuck and his mates I also do not believe the captain is an evil character I do believe he became obsessed and in a way infatuated with Moby Dick He seems to me to be a very ambitious man there is nothing wrong with wanting and desiring to achieve a goal On the other hand being ambitious and focusing so much on one thing in life that you become blind are two different things Ahab is guilty of this He lets Moby Dick run his life he desires revenge so badly that it becomes all he thinks about all he cares about all of him Ahab even becomes restless at night because of the whale It seems to me that Ahab needs Moby Dick to survive yet in return Ahab wants to kill him A lesson
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