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Moby-Dick Free Response Essay DISCLAIMER None of the opinions expressed below have been proven factual and so are not to be considered as such They are merely the conclusions drawn after reading and class discussions nothing more Moby Dick is a novel of adventure philosophical inquiry and critique of society The story essentially is the story of the crazy Captain Ahab and his quest to defeat the sperm whale Moby Dick In chapters twenty-eight through thirty-one one is led to believe that Ahab is very much a God-figure in the microcosm of the Pequod Ahab is a dour imposing man who frightens his crew through his unwavering obsession with defeating the Moby Dick and through his hurbus In many respects Ishmael portrays Ahab as barely human barely governed by human conventions in complete subordination to his obsession And most importantly Ahab is the supreme ruler on the Pequod All character information the reader has prior to these chapters has been garnered from hearsay Ishmaels recounts of the hearsay have been influenced by prophets most chiefly among them Elijah although Pelleg and Bildad also have their own warnings to add to the lot of mysteries and rumors that surrounds Ahab These prophets as well as the awe-inspiring mystery that seems to emanate from Ahab are comparable to those found in the Bible in relation to Yahweh and his powers The very manner of Ahabs presence and eventual appearance on board the Pequod is similar to the stories of the Bible as everything seems to be timed perfectly to create the greatest effect possible And despite the fact that it is the first time any of the crew have met him they are all content to obey his commands he is their captain as though he were a king at sea and the crew merely his people his mates the knights and the harpooners his squires governing the people and maintaining order and peace upon
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