History YMMV / MobyDick

30th Dec '16 5:59:12 PM Thorion
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** Due to the sperm whale being very aggressive by nature and as a result known to attack ships without being provoked the question of whether or not Moby Dick defending himself or attacking ships for no reason is left unanswered. As is the question if he has any idea who Ahab even is.
30th Dec '16 5:52:21 PM Thorion
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* RootingForTheEmpire: In modern culture most people will be cheering Moby on as he kills everyone, no matter how sympathetic adaptations try to make the crew. This is because in modern times with the high intelligence of whales being well known, most people don't see Moby Dick as a remorseless monster but as an innocent victim just defending himself.

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* RootingForTheEmpire: In modern culture most people will be cheering Moby on as he kills everyone, no matter how sympathetic adaptations try to make the crew. This is because in modern times with the high intelligence of whales being well known, most people don't see Moby Dick as a remorseless monster but as an innocent victim just defending himself. himself however people with this view fail to realize that sperm whales are very aggressive by nature and have been known to attack ships without being provoked.
14th Dec '16 7:04:10 PM ading
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* ChaoticNeutral: Ahab is probably just about the embodiment of this alignment.
19th Nov '16 6:33:46 PM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* BadassGay: Captain Ahab. We're not sure whether to emphasize the "badass" part or the "gay" part.
16th Sep '16 3:42:26 AM Hereward
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** The narration offers a defense of whaling by mentioning the benefits to humanity whale oil has had and also talks about how the whaling vessels allowed the liberation of the South American countries from Spanish imperial power, led to the successful colonisation of Australia, opened up the Polynesian islands to Europeans and forecasts whalers as being the cause for Japan to end its isolationism. To modern readers this can easily be read as the whaling industry being a figure to blame not only for the decline of cetaceans but also the suppression and decimation of tribal cultures and the resulting [[WorldWarII tragedy]] from Japan's rapid modernisation.
31st Aug '16 1:53:54 PM BobTanaka
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** Ahab's death in the 1956 film:
-->'''Ahab:''' (strapped to Moby Dick and stabbing him repeatedly with a harpoon) "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake I ''spit'' my last breath at thee! ''THOU DAMNED WHALE!''"
8th Aug '16 7:38:04 AM Anarquistador
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* MoralEventHorizon: Ahab dances along the edge of it for most of the story, but finally crosses it when, rather than help the Captain of the ''Rachel'' find his lost crewmembers - among them his own son - he chooses instead to pick up the trail of Moby-Dick before it goes cold. In true Greek Tragedy fashion, everything goes downhill fast after he makes this choice.
20th Jul '16 6:00:02 AM lvthn13
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* RatedMForManly: An older version of this trope than many are used to. Melville is almost bombastic in expounding how manly and strong whale hunters are, and spares no gore at all in his descriptions of hunting and slaughtering.
25th Jun '16 9:15:06 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* HilariousInHindisght: Chapter 44 says that sperm whale migrations often match [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the flight of swallows.]]

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* HilariousInHindisght: HilariousInHindsight: Chapter 44 says that sperm whale migrations often match [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the flight of swallows.]]
25th Jun '16 9:13:39 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* HilariousInHindisght: Chapter 44 says that sperm whale migrations often match [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the flight of swallows.]]
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