The classical selection by Herman Melville, Moby Dick focused on the
significance of one mans obsession over a murderous white whale. As if the central
plight of Captain Ahab was not enough of an obstacle to overcome, the piece is thus
complicated by the Captains mystique. The already complex situation was made more
dramatic with the inclusion of Ishmaels interpretation of Ahabs character , Moby
Dicks predominant influence and the mellow white birds that seemed to shadow
Moby Dick at every step along the way as a moth to fire.
The somewhat fearful Ahab played the greatest role on the ship. Whether
dealing with the tedious chores of maintaining the ship or the neverending search for
truth and redemption through the death of Moby Dick. Ahab somewhat possesing
demonic qualities, struggled to contain the evil within his inner self thus controling the
earths stairway to heaven. The captains great obsession ,Moby Dick led to the loss of
his legs as well as his wings.
The great whale, Moby Dick was the seas most feared and hunted creature.
Moby has come across to Ishmael and the rest of the crew of the Peqoud, as a white god.
Able to crush ships when provoked, how many times the inhabitants of the world
disrupt nature to fulfill their obsessions as did the whalers to Moby Dick causing his rage.
Moby Dick was better left alone, like perfect things made by the hands of God should be.
The sight of the great beast of the sea ,as it was known to the inhabitants of the
whailing industry, was easily spotted with the appearance the white birds. Those white
birds were forever bound to the whale, their white God. Their souls in the embrace of
Moby , were the not so innocent souls taken by the whale. They helped serve as a
warning to those who chose to believe ,as those who want to be saved by the embrace of
God in faith.
Melvilles Moby Dick , captured the effects of nature on the human spirit as in
Ahab. The real interpretation of Ahab by Ishmael and the detailed charaterization of the
seas savior was helped by the shadowlike birds that were forever bound to the seas
beast. Life, like that of animal is so connected to interpretation of the human spirit.