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Moby Dick The character of Ishmael had a critical impact on the novel Ishmaels character allows the reader to relate to a love for nature and the earth as well as a feeling of inner peace and serenity His attitude thoughts and feelings permitted me as the reader to explore two similar roles in my life When reading the novel I as the reader connected the character of Ishmael to my mother therefore more clearly understood Ishmaels attitude Ishmaels character gives the reader someone to relate to and to identify This character let me experience the novel in a different manner because of my relation with my mother Ishmael is a pleasing character who plays the role of the main character as well as narrator He is a common man who has a love for the sea and goes to it to clear his mind whenever he feels down or feels that it is a damp drizzly November in his soul As for his physical appearance he doesnt really specify However one might assume that he is a middle-aged man and probably holds the characteristics of the stereotypical seaman But what the character lacks in physical description he makes up for with a full personality that his described extensively throughout the book Ishmael is a man who seeks what is best described as inner peace He is very content with himself when on the water He also has a great love for being a seaman He joins the crew of the Pequod to satisfy his longing to be back on the ocean but as it turns out the particular voyage he is to set out on is not what he had suspected For this ship would be commanded by a half-crazed captain in a desperate search for a white whale Over all Ishmael is definitely the most civilized and wise man in the story My mother plays a
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