History Literature / MobyDick

9th Apr '18 12:08:18 PM Thorion
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* AmbiguousSituation: Given the sperm whale's aggressive nature it is left ambiguous whether Moby Dick is attacking ships out of self-preservation or just for no reason at all.



* BigBad: Captain Ahab causes the whole mess by obsessively trying to seek revenge on an animal who was only trying to defend itself.

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* BigBad: Captain Ahab causes the whole mess by obsessively trying to seek revenge on an animal who was only is either trying to defend itself.itself or attacking ships at random due to a naturally aggressive nature.
22nd Mar '18 2:17:54 PM bkitu
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* CurbStompBattle: How every encounter against Moby Dick goes, whether in tales from other ships or for all three attempts by the crew of the ''Pequod''.
20th Mar '18 6:53:57 PM Godzillawolf
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* {{Foil}}: Captain Boomer to Captain Ahab. Boomer lost his arm to Moby Dick whereas Ahab lost his leg, but has decided that fighting the white whale once was enough, while Ahab is absolutely obsessed with him.


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* ItCanThink: Moby Dick has moments where it seems to show genuine tactical thinking.


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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Captain Boomer lost his arm to Moby Dick, but unlike Ahab is smart enough to realize going for round two isn't a good idea and just moved on.
22nd Jan '18 4:57:09 PM Eievie
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-->-- [[SignatureLine Opening line]]
16th Dec '17 5:46:00 PM Chuckles1188
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The plot follows a man named Ishmael, that, infatuated with the sea (apparently, it's a periodical thing), decides to go aboard a whaling ship to try out how whaling feels. He and his newly-met best friend Queequeg go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the monomaniacal Captain Ahab, and eventually finds himself in the middle of his mad hunt for Moby Dick, the eponymous "White Whale" that ate his leg. Tragedy ensues.

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The plot follows a man named Ishmael, that, infatuated with the sea (apparently, it's a periodical thing), decides to go aboard a whaling ship to try out how whaling feels. He and his newly-met best friend Queequeg go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the monomaniacal Captain Ahab, and eventually finds himself in the middle of his Ahab's mad hunt for Moby Dick, the eponymous "White Whale" that ate his leg. Tragedy ensues.
11th Dec '17 12:11:52 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Ahab, although also a PerilousOldFool.
12th Nov '17 5:47:23 PM DrSlide
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* AnArmAndALeg: The source of Ahab's angst.

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* AnArmAndALeg: The source of Ahab's angst. He comes across another ship whose captain lost an arm while chasing Moby Dick and has decided not to mess with him anymore.
7th Oct '17 1:59:58 PM Gosicrystal
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Chapter 40, "The Line".

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* %%* {{Foreshadowing}}: Chapter 40, "The Line".



--> "Fellow-critters: I'se ordered here to say dat you must stop dat dam noise dare. You hear? Stop dat dam smackin' ob de lips! Massa Stubb say dat you can fill your dam bellies up to de hatchings, but by Gor! you must stop dat dam racket!"

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--> "Fellow-critters: '''Fellow-critters:''' I'se ordered here to say dat you must stop dat dam noise dare. You hear? Stop dat dam smackin' ob de lips! Massa Stubb say dat you can fill your dam bellies up to de hatchings, but by Gor! you must stop dat dam racket!"racket!



* HaveAGayOldTime: A book about the hunt of a ''sperm'' whale named Moby ''Dick''. Also, "The Town-Ho's Story" has nothing to do with TheOldestProfession. The probably-deliberate homoerotica between Ishmael and Queequeg doesn't help any.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: HaveAGayOldTime:
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A book about the hunt of a ''sperm'' whale named Moby ''Dick''. Also, ''Dick''.
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"The Town-Ho's Story" has nothing to do with TheOldestProfession. The probably-deliberate homoerotica between Ishmael and Queequeg doesn't help any.



* PetTheDog: Ahab and Pip in Chapter 125, "The Log and Line".

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* %%* PetTheDog: Ahab and Pip in Chapter 125, "The Log and Line".



* {{Revenge}}: Again, practically the textbook example.

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* {{Revenge}}: Again, practically the textbook example.%%* {{Revenge}}



* TakingYouWithMe: Ahab makes his last attempt to kill the whale once his ship begins to sink and all is lost. The whale reverses things on him when trailing rope catches Ahab around the neck and drags him under.

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* TakingYouWithMe: TakingYouWithMe:
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Ahab makes his last attempt to kill the whale once his ship begins to sink and all is lost. The whale reverses things on him when trailing rope catches Ahab around the neck and drags him under.



-->[And] so the bird of heaven, with archangelic shrieks, and his imperial beak thrust upwards, and his whole captive form folded in the flag of Ahab, went down with his ship, which, like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her, and helmeted herself with it.

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-->[And] --->[And] so the bird of heaven, with archangelic shrieks, and his imperial beak thrust upwards, and his whole captive form folded in the flag of Ahab, went down with his ship, which, like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her, and helmeted herself with it.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Starbuck wrestles with this. See above.
* WildSamoan: Largely subverted with Queequeg.

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* %%* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Starbuck wrestles with this. See above.
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this.
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WildSamoan: Largely subverted with Queequeg.
7th Oct '17 1:56:20 PM Gosicrystal
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* DyingDeclarationOfHate: Ahab's is the page quote.

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* DyingDeclarationOfHate: Ahab's is Captain Ahab says: "To the page quote.last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."
7th Oct '17 1:55:32 PM Gosicrystal
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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Queequeg's coffin.]]

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* %%* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Queequeg's coffin.]]
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