She also tries to prohibit the men from drinking on the ship, which is quickly thrown over. He is a foil for Ahab, as the two men react in different ways to a similar experience. The next day, the Pequod slays four whales, and that night Ahab dreams of hearses. Based on a real white whale known as , Moby Dick is presented by Ahab as the personification of evil. Although this is not on the ship's agenda, the Pequod pursues a Right Whale because of the good omens associated with having the head of a Sperm Whale and a head of a Right Whale on a ship.
Ishmael signs up for a voyage on the whaler , under Captain Ahab. He is a noble, proud man, driven to rebellion by the ignorance of Radney. The reader thus meets several other whaling captains in addition to Boomer, each of whom have literary significance. Father Mapple He is the famous preacher and a former harpooner who has left sailing for the ministry. Ahab is viewed with awe by his crew, and his authority is unquestioned. The Captain of the Pequod, , is now retired, and merely owns the boat with another Quaker,.
Edited by Hershel Parker and Harrison Hayford. Pippin He is a young black man and a member of the Pequod crew who replaces one of Stubb's oarsman but becomes incredibly frightened while lowering after a whale and jumps from the boat. At moments he shows a compassionate side, caring for the insane Pip and musing on his wife and child back in Nantucket. Tenth Printing 1966, New York, London and Toronto: Oxford University Press. Starbuck, the young of the Pequod, is a thoughtful and intellectual from. He is a native of Martha's Vineyard with a pugnacious attitude concerning whales. Perth is one of the few characters whose previous life is described in much detail: his life ashore has been ruined by alcoholism.
Ahab easily chooses to continue his quest. He is also an extremely hard worker. Ishmael and Queequeg board the Pequod, where is still unseen, secluded in his own cabin. Several days after encountering the Rosebud, a young black man on the boat, , becomes frightened while lowering after a whale and jumps from the boat, becoming entangled in the whale line. He is a composite of elements of African, Polynesian, Islamic, Christian, and Native American cultures. After Moby Dick sinks the Pequod, the Rachel rescues Ishmael, the only survivor. However, Ahab takes pity on him for his madness and allows him use of his cabin.
The other owner of the Pequod. In a seemingly suicidal act, Ahab throws his harpoon at Moby Dick but becomes entangled in the line and goes down with it. He is single-minded in his pursuit of the whale, using a mixture of charisma and terror to persuade his crew to join him. When Starbuck learns this and goes to Ahab's cabin to tell him, he finds the old man asleep. When Ahab and his crew reach Moby Dick, Ahab finally stabs the whale with his harpoon but the whale again tips Ahab's boat. As one of the principal owners of the Pequod, Peleg, along with Captain Bildad, takes care of hiring the crew.
His job is to describe everything around him — in particular, the conflicts. Starbuck is the vehicle for expressing the way Melville thought his audience would respond to the book — most people know that we are flawed, but most people also believe that we can overcome our flaws. Ishmael keeps himself afloat on a coffin until he is picked up by another whaling ship, the Rachel. The Pequod next finds a large group of Sperm Whales and injures several of them, but only captures a single one. Melville does a fine job describing this particular character with the utmost extremeness.
Starbuck has a wife and son who he misses very much, and fears he will never see again. Starbuck advocates continuing the more mundane pursuit of whales for their oil. The Pequod next comes upon the Jeroboam, a Nantucket ship afflicted with an epidemic. The third is , a Martha's Vineyard native with a pugnacious attitude. Another character who stands in opposition to Ahab, Boomer is the captain of the whaling ship the Samuel Enderby. He has a maniacal presence about him and would risk his life and the lives of his crewmen just to fulfill his mission of demented revenge.
Ahab is obsessed by the white whale, Moby Dick, who on a previous voyage has severed his leg. Macey He is a member of the Jeroboam's crew that was killed by Moby Dick. Stubb: Stubb is the second mate. And he knows it too. Tashtego is described as a harpooneer. Starbuck is a decent, honorable man. Abraham, the patriarch of the Hebrew nation, receives a prophecy from God that he will be the father of a mighty nation.
Flask considers the life of every whale a personal insult, and attacks them with a vengeance. Ishmael Ishmael is the main character of the novel and narrator of the story. Returning to the ship he suffers from the realization that as a black person in America, he has less value to the crew than the whales they hunt. Ahab has a static world view, blind to new information, but Ishmael's world view is constantly in flux as new insights and realizations occur. Later, Ahab's leg breaks and the carpenter must fix it. A crew member of the ship Jeroboam, Gabriel is a and a religious fanatic who believes Moby Dick is a manifestation of the Shaker God.