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The eighteenth century literary style known as Gothicism was part of the Romanic Era of literature This genre was associated with sin evil disorder chaos mystery madness dark imagery and the fall of man Within the fall of man or reason ones sinful state is often embraced and emphasized Gothicism enabled Herman Melville to give dramatic life to what would have been just another seafaring voyage In Melvilles novel Moby Dick there is proof of classic Gothic traditions depicted in a ruthless Captain Ahab Ahabs ship the Pequod and an intense ending Captain Ahab is an extension of this Gothic tradition in that he is an ungodly god-like man who is defiant and wicked Ahabs quest becomes more and more chaotic and unruly and his terror suggests madness contained in his inner being He is not a character of traits but a character of ones psyche His vengeance for Moby Dick will inevitably lead to his downfall and death Ahab is literally acting like God in the sense that he holds a mock religious ritual with somewhat of a communion Advance ye mates Cross your lances full before me Well done Let me touch the axis So saying with extended arm Captain Ahab grasped the three level radiating lances at their crossed center while so doing suddenly and nervously twitched themCut your seizings and draw the poles ye harpooners Silently obeying the order the three harpooners now stood with the detached iron part of their harpoons some three feet long held barbs up before him Stab me not with that keen steel Cant them cant them over know ye not the goblet end Turn up the socket So so now ye cup-bearers advance The irons take them hold them while I fill Forthwith slowly going from one officer to the other he brimmed the harpoon sockets with the fiery waters from the pewter The sailors on board the Pequod are
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