scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,478
Herman Melvilles Moby Dick is a book which can be read as a general metaphor for the battle between the evil powers of the Devil versus the divine powers of God and Jesus both try to obtain the souls of mankind in order to assist in each others destruction In this metaphor the Devil is shown through the person of Captain Ahab God becomes nature Jesus is seen as the White Whale and the representation of mankind is the crew The voyage of the Pequod therefore is a representation of a similar voyage of mankind on earth until the death of Jesus during the whole thing the influences of these three supernatural forces are connected Thus the basis of this idea is that in the plot of Melvilles book there are also peeks of the plot of the Bible As they narrated to each other their unholy adventures their tales of terror told in words of mirth as their uncivilized laughter forked upwards out of them like the flames from the furnace as to and from in their front the harpooners wildly gesticulated with their huge pronged forks and dippers as the wind howled on and the sea leaped and the ship groaned and dived and yet steadfastly shot her red hell further and further into the blackness of the sea and the night and scornfully champed the white bone in her mouth and viciously spat round her on all sides then the rushing Pequod freighted with savages and laden with fire and burning a corpse and plunging into that blackness of darkness seemed the material counterpart of her monomaniac commanders soul p463 Based on the developed metaphor the quote above can be seen as showing the role of Ahab as the sign of the Devil within Moby Dick The entire passage shows the effects of his manipulation with the crew The words such as flames blackness howled and of course huge
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA