Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Call me...Curious

Does Ishmael seem to share, reject, or sympathize with Ahab's quest for Moby Dick?

5 comments:

Mrs. Baird said...

yes

Mrs. Baird said...

LOL! Well, that answer was to the point.
I think he rejects it, because as the last line of the book prior to the epilouge shows, Ishmael recognizes the stability of nature and the lack of impact Ahab's vengeful quest had on the "big picture," so to speak. So no, I don't think he shares the quest. He might sympathize with it, though, since he had so much insight into Ahab's thoughts... although that might have been a mistake on Melville's part, too.

-Essex Haunt

Mrs. Baird said...
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Mrs. Baird said...

Ishmael doesn't sympathize with nor reject Ahab's quest for Moby Dick. Rather he shows that he understands the matter and presents it before the reader with an equal eye. He descibes Ahab as being mad, yet also calls Moby Dick malicious. Ultimately, he accepts whatever the outcome will be because he believes that it is his fate.

Jack Sparrow

Mrs. Baird said...

I think Ishmael seems to reject Ahab's obsessive pursuit of Moby Dick. Like someone already stated, he understands that nature is the true ruler and Ahab essentailly has no affect on Moby's life. Ishmael went on a whaling voyage for an adventure and he certainly got it, but at a price. he is the lone survivor of Ahab's disaster of a ship and I think he realizes the damage that one person's addiction can have on a many lives.
-llamabrain