Free Will In Herman Melville's Moby Dick

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Moby Dick reflects Herman Melville’s numerous experiences of some new perspectives: man against nature, good versus evil or fate opposed to free will. Melville’s masterpiece is a new light, where we can see a hope in a short, ridiculous, and irrational life. Moby Dick contains full of metaphor for life from the whaling ship and its captain- Ahab and his crews chasing a White Whale under the sea.
Melville gives some clues about the perspective that are associated with his characters: Pip, Ishmael and Ahab. Melville believes each of person has their own perspectives on the working of Universe and the perspectives bases on one’s belief system, that no one will have same experiences and same thoughts. We are all unique with powerful individual
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A White Whale- Moby Dick is a supreme mask to control the universe by cosmic force: “Some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the moldings of features.” To Ahab, Moby Dick is the strongest animal associated with strength and power, and Moby Dick is the only whale that defeats him, the only whale more powerful than him. When Starbuck convinces Ahab about hunting Moby Dick is a non-sense action, Ahab still insists on a face to face fight with Moby Dick. He wants to break Moby Dick’s mask because of gain understand about the universe and finding what exists behind the mask. If he can kill Moby Dick- an evil mystery whale which he believes is his fate, he will reach the unknown controller. By killing Moby Dick, Ahab will have control over the controller and make the unknown become known. By being able to kill Moby Dick, he can escapes from the prison (whale) where he cannot see a whole true because of limited …show more content…
Frist, Melville addresses positive and negative aspects of “white”. “Whiteness” in nature brings a beautiful to it: “Though in many natural object, whiteness refining enhances beauty, as if imparting some special virtue of its own, as in marbles, japonicas, and pearls.” (Melville) But a nature from a darker perspective is intertying fear: “It cannot well be doubted that the one visible quality in the aspect of the dead which most appalls the gazer…while these terrors seize us, let us add, that even the king of terrors, when personified by the evangelist, rides on his pallid horse.” (Melville) White represents of all colors within although it is the absence of color on its surface. According to Melville, not only white is the indefiniteness of God, but also it represents evil and death. To Pip, he sees a beautiful rainbow coral when he falls into the ocean. To Ahab, he sees no rainbow and no color because he does not want to understand other perspective. He takes everyone to danger of hunting White Whale as he is important and tries to seek affirmation. Pip says: “I look, you look; we look, ye look, they look.” (chapter 99) to show that each of us have a unique perspective. Each of perspectives bases on each person’s experience. No one sees the same thing. Keep your belief and do whatever you want to

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