History YMMV / MobyDick

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.]]
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).
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