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The Characters and Plot There are numerous characters in Moby Dick but only a few of them have any impact on the story A common sailor named Ishmael is the narrator The book however focuses on Captain Ahab the one-legged commander of the whaling ship Pequod Ahab has sworn to kill the gigantic whale Moby Dick who took away his leg Starbuck is the first mate of the Pequod Queequeg Tashtego and Daggoo are the three harpooners The story begins with Ishmael becoming restless 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 close friends and agree to ship out together The day after they reach Nantucket Ishmael begins searching for a whaling ship preparing to leave harbor Out of three ships ready to leave he chooses the Pequod The owners of the ship Captains Peleg and Bildad are excited to hear of Queequeg from Ishmael and gladly 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 leg Instead of flesh and bone he has a white ivory peg leg As the weeks wear on Ahab starts to become friendlier One day he calls the crew before him He tells them that the sole mission of the Pequod is to kill Moby Dick Moby Dick is a gigantic sperm whale with a crooked jaw and
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