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English 12 JMZ Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleThe Characters and PlotThere are numerous characters in Moby Dick but only a few of themhave any impact on the story A common sailor named Ishmael is thenarrator The book however focuses on Captain Ahab the one-leggedcommander of the whaling ship Pequod Ahab has sworn to kill thegigantic whale Moby Dick who took away his leg Starbuck is thefirst mate of the Pequod Queequeg Tashtego and Daggoo are thethree harpoonersThe story begins with Ishmael becoming restless He decides to goout to sea on a whaling ship In the port of New Bedford he meetsand shares a room with a harpooner named Queequeg The two of thembecome close friends and agree to ship out togetherThe day after they reach Nantucket Ishmael begins searching for awhaling ship preparing to leave harbor Out of three ships ready toleave he chooses the Pequod The owners of the ship Captains Pelegand Bildad are excited to hear of Queequeg from Ishmael and gladlylet him join the crew They are told the captain of the ship isnamed Ahab Peleg and Bildad say that he is a good man but becauseof some strange illness he is confined to his cabinOn Christmas day and with Ahab still in his cabin the Pequod setssail in the Atlantic As the weather begins to warm up severalmonths after leaving port Ahab is finally seen on deck Thestrangest thing about Ahab is his leg Instead of flesh and bone hehas a white ivory peg legAs the weeks wear on Ahab starts to become friendlier One day
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