Moby Dick : A Relationship Between Science And Theology Essays

2067 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
There is a relationship between science and theology in Moby Dick that often works in opposition of each other, but at times, comes together in order to attempt to fully know something. Herman Melville, in Moby Dick, employs science and religion, through the characters of Ahab and Ishmael, as two different ways of coming to know the white whale, who represents uncertainty of coming to know God. Melville looks to explore if human perception is capable of achieving true understanding of the nature of God and if the whale represents God, then can He be restrained through capturing and hunting? The early life of Melville, and before he wrote one of his most famous novels in 1852, speaks to his great interest in the connection of science and religion. In 1839, Melville took to the sea to work as a sailor on a merchant ship, where he worked for some time. In 1840, he signed on to join the whaler, Acushnet, which would be his first experience with whaling, but ends up with him jumping ship in the Marquesas Islands. However, his time on the Acushnet taught him a lot about the business of whaling, such as stopping to hunt and talk with other ships, also known as gams, and the life of a whaler at see for months at a time. In 1842, Melville and one of his crewmates, Richard Tobias Greene, jumped ship at Nukahiva Bay in the Marques Islands to avoid being captured. He also signed on board with a ship called The Lucy Ann, which also ultimately led him to be jailed in Tahiti to escape…

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