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captain ahab of moby dick - Moby Dick


Moby-Dick Ahab, the Pequod ’s obsessed captain, represents both an ancient and a quintessentially modern type of hero. Like the heroes of Greek or Shakespearean tragedy, Ahab suffers from a single fatal flaw, one he shares with such legendary characters as Oedipus and Faust. The end of Ahab's oration unites all of the crewmen except for Starbuck in the monomaniacal goal of pursuing Moby Dick. Ahab's quest is grand, ungodly, and god-like. Starbuck accuses the captain of blasphemy for seeking revenge against a "dumb brute that simply smote thee from blindest instinct" (Chapter 36). For Ahab, blasphemy is no vice.

Captain Ahab, fictional character, a one-legged captain of the whaling vessel Pequod in the novel Moby Dick (), by Herman Melville. From the time that his leg is bitten off by the huge white whale called Moby Dick, Captain Ahab monomaniacally pursues his elusive nemesis.