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His Narcissistic self-delusion he is unaware that he sees himself in the whale complements "his Oedipean self-ignorance" he does not know who he really is.

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As he does so, the line gets tangled, and Ahab bends over to free it. He claims the doubloon for himself, and orders all boats to lower except for Starbuck's.

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Ahab goes to Perth, the blacksmith, with a bag of racehorse shoenail stubs to be forged into the shank of a special harpoon, and with his razors for Perth to melt and fashion into a harpoon barb. While two messengers enlight Oedipus and separate him from his obsession, Narcissus and Ahab are never interrupted from theirs. On that day Moby Dick, "seemed combinedly possessed by all the angels that fell from heaven", sinks the ship. What do you do next? Nevertheless, he carries no ill will toward the whale, which he regards not as malicious, but as awkward. The carpenter makes a coffin for Queequeg, who fears an ordinary burial at sea. She singles out the four vessels which have already encountered Moby Dick. Only Ishmael is unable to return to the boat. The madness of Io and Pip is caused by their unintentional contact with the primal elements or with the deity. Ahab is god-like in that he is larger than life. He's part Oedipus Ahab has a peg leg and Oedipus had a cane; both Ahab and Oedipus are worried about the amount of control they have over their own fate , part Narcissus and even part gulp Satan. The letter also reveals how Melville experienced his development from his 25th year: "Three weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then and now, that I have not unfolded within myself. Leaving the Samuel Enderby, Ahab wrenches his ivory leg and orders the carpenter to fashion him another. The central group of five gams are separated by about 12 chapters, more or less. After the operation, the decks are scrubbed.

Most famously, he provided J. He dashes it to the deck. Finally, both are "ultimately unknowable".

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Yet instead of thinking of death, Captain Ahab and Peleg thought of how to save all hands, and how to rig jury masts in order to get into the nearest port. Instead of embarking on a regular whaling voyage, Ahab declares he is out for revenge and nails a doubloon on the mast by way of reward for the crewmember who first sights Moby Dick, the white whale. Prometheus accomplished his theft by the stealthy hiding of the divine spark in a fennel stalk. Ahab orders the head to "tell us the secret thing that is in thee". Reasoning from a series of inconsistencies and structural developments in the final version, they hypothesize that the work he mentioned to Dana was, in the words of Lawrence Buell , a "relatively straightforward" whaling adventure, but that reading Shakespeare and his encounters with Hawthorne inspired him to rewrite it as "an epic of cosmic encyclopedic proportions". Leaving the Samuel Enderby, Ahab wrenches his ivory leg and orders the carpenter to fashion him another. That intangible malignity which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil; -- Ahab did not fall down and worship it like them; but deliriously transferring its idea to the abhorred white whale, he pitted himself, all mutilated, against it. Lightning strikes the mast, setting the doubloon and Ahab's harpoon aglow. The Manxman mutters in front of the mast, and Pip declines the verb "look". Both Prometheus and Ahab try to alter or reverse "the supernatural design, and herein lies the acme of their tragic hybris". The 18 months he spent as an ordinary seaman aboard the whaler Acushnet in —42, and one incident in particular, now served as inspiration. For the most part, Ahab is a static character, one who does not grow or change throughout the novel due to his single-minded obsession.

For Ahab, it is everything. Two concluding chapters set forth the whale's evolution as a species and claim its eternal nature. Others find the evil in Ahab's ego, in his own soul.

Fedallah the Parsee, his harpooner, is a fire-worshipping Zoroastrian.

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The whale returns to Ahab, who stabs at him again. He can be read as a mash-up of about a zillion different tragic heroes. The inn where he arrives is overcrowded, so he must share a bed with the tattooed cannibal Polynesian Queequega harpooneer whose father was king of the fictional island of Rokovoko.

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Oedipus' staff, Sweeney notes, is both "a walking tool and the murder weapon with which he killed his father". Ahab hates the mask as much as he does the thing itself.

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