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Tools of Destiny Come Ahabs compliments to ye come and see if ye can swerve me Swerve me Ye cannot swerve me else ye yourselves Man has ye there Swerve me The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails whereon my soul is grooved to run Over unsounded gorges through the rifled hearts of mountains under torrents beds unerringly I rush Naughts an obstacle naughts an angle to the iron way 337 In the passage above Ahab is daring anyone on the ship to divert him from his purpose which is to gain vengeance on Moby Dick and ultimately end all evil In Moby Dick by Herman Melville Ahab needs to gain vengeance on Moby Dick for taking his leg and sees himself as the last line of defense of good against evil Ahab endangers the lives of all his ships crew by taking them on a journey to kill one of the most savage beasts in the ocean As a captain Ahab cannot be so selfish and ignore the advice of his sailors In addition to avenging Moby Dick Ahab sees himself as the destroyer of evil He feels that if he kills Moby Dick he is destroying all evil in the world Ahab not only goes on this journey to gain his vengeance on Moby Dick but also to rid the world of all evil even though his ignorance costs his crew members their lives Ahabs motives set him apart from others hunting the white whale He is driven by vengeance not so much against the beast as what the beast represents To Ahab the whale is an agent of an evil and tyrannical divinity He refuses to be a victim of divine vengeance He will not lean down to divine power or pray for mercy By killing the whale the method God used to make Ahab suffer Ahab would strike at God Moby Dick is a mask he tells
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