English 367.02 WI 2000
Moby Dick Character Analysis: Ahab
Moby Dick can be viewed as a tragedy. Webster’s Dictionary defines tragedy as a “dramatic composition, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, fate or circumstance to downfall or destruction.” This describes Moby Dick very well, as we discover as the story unfolds. Ahab, one of the key
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the house looking for him.” (23-24)
Bulkington, of course later died with rest of the crew on the Piquod. The man well liked is in sharp contrast to the sad, disfigure, crazy man, Ahab.
Regardless of the view you take about Ahab’s sanity, everyone can agree that he had a gripping obsession with the white whale. Moby Dick, who symbolizes much more then an animal is never killed by the crazy Ahab.