Two Roads A man's life can be exceptionally different according to his acceptance of morals. Taking place in the 1800s, Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick, introduced this contrast through the characters Ahab and Starbuck. Ahab was the whaling ship's captain who had no morals and let his obsessions bring himself down. Conversely, Starbuck had morals which provided him with opposing strength and a more honorable downfall than Ahab. Although both men had a few
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He may have used the general similarities of the men to establish that they were related as humans and the distinct differences to emphasize the importance of the individual decisions that they made. All men have the same basic desires, needs, and end results as humans. However, the individual obtains a perspective and works around it throughout his life, creating a distinct image and leading to a conclusion of how he will leave the world.