History Literature / MobyDick

10th Feb '16 9:56:26 PM TheLaughingFist
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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]].
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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]]. own]]. Interestingly ''Moby Dick'' itself was based off a collection of 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.
1st Feb '16 11:21:36 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Captain Ahab causes the whole mess by obsessively trying to seek revenge on an animal who was only trying to defend itself.
16th Jan '16 1:37:03 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Why Ishmael goes into all the technical aspects of whaling and ships; it's assumed (rightly or wrongly) that most readers don't know about that stuff. Though it might also be because Ishmael finds that information of interest in itself since it was part of his daily work and life experience.
15th Jan '16 12:51:07 PM Anddrix
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This book is part of the Hollywoodian SmallReferencePools. Ignoring its real-life literary merits, it is convenient shorthand for "huge boring {{doorstopper}} assigned for reading by high-school teachers" in any given kids series. Whether this also implicitly states that execs think that [[ViewersAreMorons Kids Are Morons]] is debatable. Referencing the book is often a shorthand signifier that a character is cultured (and possibly WickedCultured) in Hollywood and other American stories; while it's well known elsewhere in the world, it doesn't have the same symbolic weight.
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This book is part of the Hollywoodian SmallReferencePools. Ignoring its real-life literary merits, it is convenient shorthand for "huge boring {{doorstopper}} assigned for reading by high-school teachers" in any given kids series. Whether this also implicitly states that execs think that [[ViewersAreMorons Kids Are Morons]] Morons is debatable. Referencing the book is often a shorthand signifier that a character is cultured (and possibly WickedCultured) in Hollywood and other American stories; while it's well known elsewhere in the world, it doesn't have the same symbolic weight.
4th Jan '16 9:38:24 PM hamza678
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* TitleDropChapter: When Moby Dick, the legendary whale, finally appears on chapter 41 of the eponymous book after much anticipation, the chapter pays service to this fact by bearing the title "Moby-Dick".
3rd Jan '16 8:28:44 AM LordGro
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"is presented as this" and similar phrases are abominable Word Cruft.
* EldritchAbomination: The White Whale is presented as this, a large albino that has resisted several attempts to harpoon it (it is still covered with harpoons from the last people who tried) and when it finally turns up, [[spoiler:it destroys and crushes the ''Pequod'' leaving only one survivor]]. The RuleOfSymbolism implies that in fighting the Whale, Ahab is essentially fighting life, nature or God.
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* EldritchAbomination: The White Whale is presented as this, a large albino that has resisted several attempts to harpoon it (it is still covered with harpoons from the last people who tried) and when it finally turns up, [[spoiler:it destroys and crushes the ''Pequod'' leaving only one survivor]]. The RuleOfSymbolism implies that in fighting the Whale, Ahab is essentially fighting life, nature or God.
3rd Jan '16 2:16:43 AM KingClark
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* EldritchAbomination: The White Whale is presented as this, a large albino that has resisted several attempts to harpoon it(it is still covered with harpoons from the last people who tried) and when it finally turns up, [[spoiler:it destroys and crushes the ''Pequod'' leaving only one survivor]]. The RuleOfSymbolism implies that in fighting the Whale, Ahab is essentially fighting life, nature or God.
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* EldritchAbomination: The White Whale is presented as this, a large albino that has resisted several attempts to harpoon it(it it (it is still covered with harpoons from the last people who tried) and when it finally turns up, [[spoiler:it destroys and crushes the ''Pequod'' leaving only one survivor]]. The RuleOfSymbolism implies that in fighting the Whale, Ahab is essentially fighting life, nature or God.
12th Dec '15 12:45:10 PM spike12
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* RedRightHand: Ahab's iconic peg-leg, made of [[ScavengedPunk a white whale's jawbone]].
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* RedRightHand: Ahab's iconic peg-leg, made of [[ScavengedPunk a white sperm whale's jawbone]].
12th Dec '15 12:43:36 PM spike12
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I don't think that a sperm whale's tooth would work as a peg leg... Unless Ahab's a hobbit, which I seriously doubt he is.
* RedRightHand: Ahab's iconic peg-leg, made of [[ScavengedPunk a white whale tooth]].
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* RedRightHand: Ahab's iconic peg-leg, made of [[ScavengedPunk a white whale tooth]].whale's jawbone]].
3rd Dec '15 12:28:03 PM Eriorguez
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Sperm whales seem to have suffered a decrease in average size following the onset of whaling, and, due to how the square-cube law works, a 25 meter whale would be 1.95 times heavier than a 20 meter, 55 ton one. So not that farfetched, specially at the time it was written.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Moby Dick weighs 75 tons, which is a good 20 tons more than any real sperm whale.
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