Moby Dick Character Analysis

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Secondary Characters disposition towards death
In Melville’s, Moby Dick, he describes the way in which the secondary characters interact with the different situations that occur on the Pequod. These situations usually have to do with the concept of the inscrutable. The inscrutable deals with the notion of death, and how the characters look at the outside world. The inscrutable displays to the character, this “pasteboard mask” that one must punch through to understand the true meaning of death and their disposition to their life. Queequeg, Pip, and Starbuck all enter into this question of how they will look at the inscrutable and have to decide what they will do to understand. Queequeg becomes one with the inscrutable by controlling his death.
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Pip first becomes a oarsmen with stubb, in the boat to catch a whale.Pip ends up jumping out of the boat in fear of the whale , without thinking about the whale under him. In a way this makes pip wonder what lies beneath him and how his death can occur at any moment: “ So man’s insanity is heaven’s sense; and wandering from all mortal reason is absurd and frantic; and weal and woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God”(Chapter 93, pg. 454). Pip’s character often was ignored by the people on the ship because he did not necessarily have anything important to say. After this accident, Pip becomes aware of how his life is worth so much. When pip fell out of the boat he layed in the ocean for what he perceived as a long time, this allowed pip to think about how this affected him mentally. Mentally he was thinking about how he engulfed in a dark, unknown place: “ The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wonderous depths where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes;...”( Chapter 93,pg. 453) This shows that Pip’s soul has completely sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Pip becomes aware of the inscrutable and faces it, when he returns from this, he realizes that he has become more of a prophet. He in a way values his life way more

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