History Literature / MobyDick

20th May '17 3:23:44 PM maxwellsilver
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Widely considered the [[UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel greatest American novel]], ''Moby-Dick; or, The Whale'', written by Creator/HermanMelville in 1851, is either a story about [[AnimalNemesis the hunt of a dangerous whale by a madman]] that [[ShownTheirWork shows Melville's work]], or [[AuthorFilibuster an encyclopedia on whaling and cetology]] with a FramingDevice. Or [[TakeAThirdOption both.]]

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 [[NobleSavage newly-met best friend Queequeg]] go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the [[{{Determinator}} 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.

''Moby-Dick'' is [[RuleOfSymbolism full of symbolism]], [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory and much more has been added by scholars and commentators]]. Common meanings for the whale, for instance, are: nature, fate, the ocean's fury itself, {{Satan}}, and {{God}} (as an [[SevenBasicConflicts invincible opponent]] who is [[ItWasHisSled never actually overcome]] at any point in the novel).

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Widely considered the [[UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel greatest American novel]], ''Moby-Dick; or, The Whale'', written by Creator/HermanMelville in 1851, is either a story about [[AnimalNemesis the hunt of a dangerous whale by a madman]] madman that [[ShownTheirWork shows Melville's work]], work, or [[AuthorFilibuster an encyclopedia on whaling and cetology]] cetology with a FramingDevice. Or [[TakeAThirdOption both.]]

both.

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 [[NobleSavage newly-met best friend Queequeg]] Queequeg go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the [[{{Determinator}} monomaniacal Captain Ahab]], 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.

''Moby-Dick'' is [[RuleOfSymbolism full of symbolism]], [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory symbolism, and much more has been added by scholars and commentators]]. commentators. Common meanings for the whale, for instance, are: nature, fate, the ocean's fury itself, {{Satan}}, and {{God}} (as an [[SevenBasicConflicts invincible opponent]] opponent who is [[ItWasHisSled never actually overcome]] overcome at any point in the novel).
4th May '17 3:46:07 PM Dravencour
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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 [[NobleSavage newly-met best friend Queequeg]] go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the [[{{Determinator}} monomaniac Captain Ahab]], and eventually get in the middle of his maniac 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 [[NobleSavage newly-met best friend Queequeg]] go upon the ''Pequod'' under the command of the [[{{Determinator}} monomaniac monomaniacal Captain Ahab]], and eventually get finds himself in the middle of his maniac mad hunt for Moby Dick, the eponymous "White Whale" that ate his leg. Tragedy ensues.



--> '''Ahab:''' From hell's heart I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!!!
* FatalFlaw: Well, {{Pride}} and {{Wrath}} for Ahab.
--> '''Captain Ahab''': "Ahab is for ever Ahab, man. This whole act's immutably decreed. 'Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled."

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--> '''Ahab:''' From hell's heart I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!!!
thee!
* FatalFlaw: Well, {{Pride}} Captain Ahab's obsession with revenge against the title whale costs him his life, his ship, and {{Wrath}} for Ahab.
--> '''Captain Ahab''': "Ahab is for ever Ahab, man. This whole act's immutably decreed. 'Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled."
his crew.
27th Mar '17 8:18:27 AM ZSF
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* LightIsNotGood: Discussed, as in the "paradox" of the creepiness of [[EvilAlbino albinos]] in spite of the positive symbolism of white. It should be noted that the whale is not an albino however; he's merely white because he's covered in scars.

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* LightIsNotGood: Discussed, as in the "paradox" of the creepiness of [[EvilAlbino albinos]] in spite of the positive symbolism of white. It should be noted that the whale is not an albino however; he's merely white because he's covered in scars.
1st Mar '17 12:05:13 PM Chariset
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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: In most film versions, the whale takes Ahab with him. Or is that the other way round? (The critical consensus is that, in the book, Moby Dick survives. The actual act of killing a whale with a harpoon is described in considerable detail earlier in the book, and the events of the final chase make it clear that Ahab doesn't reach the point of striking the fatal blow.)]]
** The sinking ship does this to all the crew; one of the doomed crew does this to a sea-hawk in his final seconds, causing it to go under as well. The narrative attributes the bird's death to the malice of the ship.

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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: In most film versions, Ahab makes his last attempt to kill the whale takes Ahab with him. Or once his ship begins to sink and all is that the other way round? (The critical consensus is that, in the book, Moby Dick survives. lost. The actual act of killing a whale with a harpoon is described in considerable detail earlier in the book, and the events of the final chase make it clear that reverses things on him when trailing rope catches Ahab doesn't reach around the point of striking the fatal blow.)]]
neck and drags him under.
** The sinking ship does this to all the crew; crew except Ishmael; one of the doomed crew crewmen does this to a sea-hawk in his final seconds, causing it to go under as well. well. The narrative attributes the bird's death to the malice of the ship.
1st Mar '17 12:00:28 PM Chariset
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** The sinking ship does this to all the crew; one of the doomed crew does this to a sea-hawk in his final seconds, causing it to go under as well. The narrative attributes the bird's death to the malice of the ship.
-->[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.
6th Jan '17 8:41:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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** "The Crotch" is about harpoon shafts, not FreudWasRight.

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** "The Crotch" is about harpoon shafts, not FreudWasRight.sexual.
29th Dec '16 11:43:17 AM dieseldragons
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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: The White Whale is deliberately portrayed in the narrative as enigmatic, its symbolism is not wasted on Captain Ahab. Ishmael describes the whale's forehead as having wrinkles and scars on it that look like ''hieroglyphics'', implying its some kind of ancient forgotten deity. He muses on the difficulty of understanding what he saw. The mystical, yet ineffable nature of the beast, haunts for the rest of his life.

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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: The White Whale is deliberately portrayed in the narrative as enigmatic, its symbolism is not wasted on Captain Ahab. Ishmael describes the whale's forehead as having wrinkles and scars on it that look like ''hieroglyphics'', implying its some kind of ancient forgotten deity. He muses on the difficulty of understanding what he saw. The mystical, yet ineffable nature of the beast, haunts him for the rest of his life.
29th Dec '16 11:41:16 AM dieseldragons
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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: The White Whale is deliberately portrayed in the narrative as enigmatic, its symbolism is not wasted on Captain Ahab. Ishmael describes the whale's forehead as having wrinkles and scars on it that look like ''hieroglyphics'', implying its some kind of ancient forgotten deity. He muses on the difficulty of understanding what he saw. The mystical, yet ineffable nature of the beast, haunts for the rest of his life.
27th Dec '16 9:42:00 AM ading
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** Deconstructed with Ahab, whose insanity makes him completely unfit to command a vessel and results in the death of himself and all his crew save Ishmael.
11th Dec '16 4:28:34 PM MrKosta
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''Film/MobyDick'' has been adapted to screen several times, the most famous version being with Creator/GregoryPeck as Ahab. Creator/PatrickStewart was inspired to play the role following an allegorical comparison to Ahab in [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact one of his movies]]. A concept album based on ''Moby-Dick'' called ''Leviathan'' was also made by prog-metal band Music/{{Mastodon}}. Also a common source of {{Homage}} or WholePlotReference stories, which are [[MobySchtick a trope of their own]]. ''Moby Dick'' itself was partially inspired by a real life account of a whaling vessel, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(1799_whaleship) The Essex]], that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale.

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''Film/MobyDick'' has been adapted to screen several times, the most famous version being with Creator/GregoryPeck as Ahab. Creator/PatrickStewart was inspired to play the role following an allegorical comparison to Ahab in [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact one of his movies]]. A concept album based on ''Moby-Dick'' called ''Leviathan'' was also made by prog-metal band Music/{{Mastodon}}. Also, German DoomMetal band Ahab not only take their name from the book, their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYh25wOlmj0 first album]], called "The Call of the Wretched Sea", is also based on ''Moby-Dick''. Also a common source of {{Homage}} or WholePlotReference stories, which are [[MobySchtick a trope of their own]]. ''Moby Dick'' itself was partially inspired by a real life account of a whaling vessel, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(1799_whaleship) The Essex]], that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale.
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