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Biblical Aspect of Moby Dick 4502 Moby Dick is a novel filled with many biblical allusions and I feel strongly that there are certain characters in the book that portray biblical characters or express the same situations in the Bible In the beginning of the book Father Mapple gives a sermon to the sailors about Jonah and the whale This story in itself has much symbolism and starts the book off with the notion that God and the Bible are very much a part of the story In specific there are a few main characters that support the fact that they are symbolic to the Bible First Ishmael is the main character in the story and is the narrator through most of the book He is very different from all of the sailors on the ship He has class intelligence and he knows nothing about whaling or the sea In the book of Genesis Ishmael was an outcast with everyones hand against him and in the book you see how he is different from the sailors because of his small knowledge of whaling To further examine Ishmaels situation he says he escapes to the sea to leave the depressions that have ridden his life Another part of Genesis tells us that Ishmael wasnt Abrahams true son because he was born through one of Abrahams maids supposedly Sarai his wife was infertile and ever since Isaac was born Ishmael was shunned Like in Moby Dick Ishmael was looked down upon from the beginning because he didnt have the history that other people on the boat had as sailors Ishmael is always different from everyone and he looks at everything in an interrogative way so he thinks of Moby Dick as a holy mysterious creature while Capt Ahab thinks Moby Dick is pure evil Moby Dick is the most complicated undefined character in the book But to attempt to understand this enigma lets look
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