Captain Ahab In Moby Dick

842 Words 4 Pages
Albert Einstein’s quote, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” describes the Moby Dick character Captain Ahab. Ahab is on one mission and he will stop at nothing until he has had his revenge on the white whale, he spends countless hours and makes massive sacrifices on his pursuit of the white whale expecting to kill him. He degrades his own crew, is incapable of recognizing other people’s rights to living a fulfilled existence, and he puts himself before anyone else. Throughout Melville’s novel, he writes about the white whale slowly consumes Captain Ahab’s sanity forcing him to have insane motives and a monomaniac mindset.

Melville uses Ahab’s peg leg as Ahab’s motive to seek revenge on the White Whale; if the captain had never lost
…show more content…
Ahab is in his cabin “with a general chart of the oriental archipelagoes spread before him” mapping out where he believes Moby Dick could be. A problem arises with the sperm whale oil barrels and Starbuck goes to express his concern about losing all the oil to Ahab. The captain grabbed a loaded musket and pointed it as Starbuck and said, “There is one God that is Lord over the earth, and one Captain that is lord over the Pequod. -On deck”! Here Ahab’s madness has made his heart cold and he is putting himself above others, he is comparing himself to God. Starbuck states “I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thy self old man”. This is an important part of the book because it shows that even Starbuck notices his madness and what it could lead to in the future if Ahab is not aware of himself. Ahab then realizes what he has done and goes on deck to make sure he makes up for what he has done because he understands how to get people on his side to get what he wants, which could be the reason he chose not to shot

Related Documents

Related Topics