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Herman Melvilles Moby Dick is a novel that uses many forms of religious imagery Through the adventure of captain Ahab in his search of Moby Dick it describes the battle between the evil powers of the Devil against the good powers of God and Jesus In this metaphor the Devil is in Captain Ahab God is in nature Jesus is seen in Moby Dick and mankind is represented by the crew of the Pequod The voyage of the Pequod represents the journey of mankind on earth until the death of Jesus 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 Melville 463 This quote shows that the Devil is in Captain Ahab The entire quote shows his manipulation of his crew Words like flames blackness howled and huge pronged forks turn the Pequod into a habitation of evil spirits The influence of the commander can be seen upon these innocent men whose only mistakes were failing to see the truth behind Ahabs insane mission The same idea is stated in Kyle Kombrinks essay A Passionate Soul in Hell Kombrink writes The mind set of the captain is then carried over to his crew so to be unified under a hierarchical
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