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Philosophers of different and time periods were trying to find the answer for the eternal questions What is good and what is evil Where is the border between these two notions Does God exist What is the role of man and nature Undoubtedly there are no precise answers however some interesting theories and ideas appear In fact it would be wrong to say that only philosophers are constant truth-searchers Almost every person asked himselfherself similar questions at least once in a lifetime Besides the attempts to raise such themes were reflected in literature Romanticism appealed to the feelings of the individual considering the history of mankind as the struggle between evil and good Moreover the Romanticist literature drew parallels and paid a lot of attention to the unity of man God and nature Herman Melville was one of the authors who clearly presented this unity emphasizing the role of every its member His novel Moby Dick is his quest for truth in a kind of dualistic world where evil and good are closely connected Moby Dick can be considered as one of the finest novels in American and world literature It amazes with its philosophic form and allegory although the general mood of the novel is quite pessimistic Melville presents different types of characters which symbolize the light and darkness The story is told by young Ishmael who feels tired of daily routine absence of action in his life and quiet existence Ishmael dreams of a sea-voyage full of colourful adventures and sometimes danger Finally his dream comes true and he becomes a sailor on board the whaler Pequod where he meets Captain Ahab and immediately gets impressed by this strange man In fact Ishmael combines the role of a narrator and observer Much more attention is paid to the image of Ahab Captain Ahab is mysterious and inscrutable - even his appearance has sometimes frightening unusual he has a stern expression on his face
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