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In the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville the apparent themesgood vs evil civilized vs uncivilized and conventional vs unconventional are throughout the book but they are not as superficial as they seem In treating the theme good vs evil the apparent message is one of Ahab being the innocent victim A man disfigured and tormented by a beast of nature In juxtaposition to that the whale can be perceived as being evil because of what he did to man However if we are to look at this objectively we would have to admit that man is also a creature of nature and therefore you would have to ask what represents evil in the novel Moby Dick or Ahab Throughout the book Ahab defies God He speaks out against him and admits his lack of faith Moreover since Ahab is so obsessed with killing the whale he puts his entire crew in jeopardy which does not only go against mans law a captain must never put his crew or ship in danger for his own selfish intentions but also goes against Gods law mans indifference towards other men is sinful in Gods eyes Through these actions we are shown that Ahab is more representative of the evil side of nature then Moby Dick The book also incorporates the theme civilized vs uncivilized Ishmael the civilized man is compelled to teach Queequeg the uncivilized man Since Ishmael is the Christian and Queequeg the savage Ishmael believes that by teaching Queequeg about organized religion and the workings of society he is saving him by helping him to adapt to the ways of civilization Melville has us believe that Queequeg is born into civilization That is Melvilles apparent message but in all actuality it is Queequeg who allows Ishmael to be born again Queequeg sees the world unobscured by the dogmatism of Christianity which allows Ishmael to look at the world for what it is not
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