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Monomania as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary is the pathological obsession with one subject or idea In Herman Melvilles novel Moby Dick an obsession causes monomania in its main character Through his actions words thoughts and what others think about him Captain Ahab is truly monomaniacal Ahab is monomaniacal through his words and thoughts Talk not to me of blasphemyman Id strike the sun if it insulted me This shows Ahabs madness because only he would have the nerve to say that no matter who it is great or small he would stand up to them this includes Moby Dick Ahab often smokes a pipe but he realizes something and says What business have I with this pipe This thing that is meant for sereneness to send up mild white vapors among mild white hairs not among torn iron-grey locks like mine Ill smoke no more He admits that he is not a peaceful man which is quite monomaniacal Another event that shows Ahabs monomania is when he talks directly to a dead whales head saying Speak thou vast and venerable head mighty head and tell us the secret thing that is in theeO head thou hast seen enough to split the planets and make an infidel of Abraham and not one syllable is thine His obsession leads him to even say that he will pay someone to kill Moby Dick just for the sake of revenge Whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale he shall have this gold ounce my boys When Ahab finally meets Moby Dick his monomania hits its high point as his last words before his death are Sink all coffins and hearses to one common pool And since neither can be mine let me then tow to pieces while still chasing thee though tied to thee thou damned whale Thus I give up the spear Captain Ahab is not only monomaniacal through his words but through his
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