Moby Dick By Herman Melville (Chris Sennema)
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The Narrator introduces himself as Ishmael, he states that he is bored with his life and plans to join a whaling vessel to seek adventure. Ishmael tells the reader about the virtues and honor of whaling in order to explain why he wishes to serve on that sort of vessel.
Ishmael meets the cannibal Queequeg and finds a job on the whaling ship 'The Pequod'. After conferring with the joint owners of the ship, Queequeg and Ishmael finally meet the Ship's captain. Captain Ahab. We learn quickly that Ahab is obsessed with killing Moby-Dick, the Great White Whale that took his leg.
The crew of the Pequod catches seven sperm and right whales but has to let one of the right whales go after because it was sinking the ship. Ahab hangs a sperm whale head off of the starboard side and a right whale's head off of the port side because the prophet Fedallah says that makes the boat impossible to sink. The crew begins to wonder if Ahab is mad. Ahab forges a harpoon to kill Moby-Dick and tempers it in blood
On the third day, Ahab realizes that Moby-Dick is now chasing them. As the whale surfaces and Ahab sees the corpse of Fedallah lashed by the harpoon ropes to the whale. Moby-Dick rams into the third whale boat to incapacitate it and then rams the Pequod. Ahab discerns Fedallah's prophesy as the first hearse is the Pequod and the second is Moby-Dick himself As the Pequod sinks, the whale charges the whale boat to finish it off. Ahab drives his harpoon into the whale and the rope wraps around his neck and drags him into the deep. Ishmael is left the only survivor, using a coffin as a life buoy.
The Pequod meets up with another whaling vessel 'The Rachel' who has met the Great White Whale and has lost men to the beast. Ahab catches sight of the beast and starts the chase after him. Fedallah prophesies that only rope can kill him and he will be taken in a hearse of American wood and one that was made by no man's hand. Fedallah also predicted that he would die first, but Ahab would see him again
A three day chase of Moby-Dick ensues. Two of the three whaling boats are sunk and Fedallah is dragged under by the whale. Ahab begins to lament his acitons but refuses to give up his hunt for the beast.
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