History YMMV / MobyDick

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.]]
17th Jun '16 9:05:43 PM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Arguably, "Ahab." I mean, back then, most people would probably have known darn well about the evil biblical king Ahab (so it's not entirely unlikely that in the case of Captain Ahab this trope would overlap with [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarassing Given Name]]), and while the captain's evil-ness is debatable, he's definitely insane and dangerous.
17th Jun '16 8:57:34 PM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* ChaoticNeutral: Ahab is probably just about the embodiment of this alignment.



** Captain Ahab and Starbuck had a bit of this going on. Mixed with FoeYay, since it's Starbuck who intended to shoot sleeping Ahab a little earlier.

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** Captain Ahab and Mr. Starbuck had a bit of this definitely have something going on. Mixed with FoeYay, since it's on, at least one-sidedly (on the part of Ahab). At one point, Ahab quite literally tells Starbuck who intended he would prefer to shoot sleeping Ahab gaze into his eyes than see the face of God (which sounds silly nowadays, but would have carried a little earlier.huge amount of weight back when the book took place, as religion was essentially the be-all-end-all of most people's lives back then).
15th Jun '16 6:38:01 PM Doug86
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** In the ''Reader's Digest: World's Best Reading'' edition, Thomas Fleming states in the Afterword that critics scoffed at the idea of someone going as far as Ahab did, and everyone around simply obeying...until they lived through WorldWarI.

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** In the ''Reader's Digest: World's Best Reading'' edition, Thomas Fleming states in the Afterword that critics scoffed at the idea of someone going as far as Ahab did, and everyone around simply obeying...until they lived through WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
26th May '16 9:11:23 AM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Ahab; Ishmael mentions at one point that he seems less interested in women than anyone else on board, and while it's mentioned that he is married to a woman, he only even mentions her in passing when she is brought up by Starbuck--and in chapter 132, he even tells Starbuck that he would rather gaze into his eyes than see God (note that in the mid-19th century, religion was essentially the be-all end-all of life, so Ahab saying this carried a ''lot'' more weight than it would today).
29th Feb '16 8:49:34 AM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* CosmicPlaything: Ahab seems to think of himself as one, or at least during some monologues.

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* CosmicPlaything: Ahab seems tends to think of see himself either as one, this or at least during some monologues.as being above all men and possible gods--there is no in-between.


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* MoralityPet: Arguably Starbuck and Pip are both this to Ahab. Unfortunately, if this is the case, they both fail dismally and Ahab loses it (or--well, loses it even more than he already had) and [[spoiler: the ship gets wrecked and everyone dies]].
2nd Feb '16 11:53:20 AM Not_Kirie_Goshima
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* CosmicPlaything: Ahab seems to think of himself as one, or at least during some monologues.
3rd Jan '16 2:22:47 AM KingClark
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Captain Ahab -- revenge-obsessed madman or TragicHero or [[MathematiciansAnswer Both.]]

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Captain Ahab -- revenge-obsessed madman {{revenge}}-obsessed madman, a TragicHero, or TragicHero or [[MathematiciansAnswer Both.]]both?



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