Moby Dick Character Contrast
Comparing Starbuck and Ahab is the Captain of the Pequod, a severe older male reaching his sixties who has actually invested almost forty years as a sailor, only 3 of which he has actually invested in dry land. The novel is essentially the story of Ahab and his quest to defeat the legendary Sperm Whale Moby Dick, for this whale took Ahab’s leg, triggering him to use an ivory leg to walk and stand. Ahab is an ugly, imposing male who scares his team through his company fascination with defeating Moby Penis and his grand hubris.
In numerous aspects, Melville represents Ahab as hardly human, barely governed by human mores and conventions and almost completely based on his own fascination with Moby Dick. Melville explains him in mainly alien terms: Ahab is a spectral figure haunting Stubb’s dreams and existing in a location away from the living. He remains in some ways a device, untouched by human cravings and without recognizable feeling. And most notably, he claims himself a God over the Pequod, however rather he may be a Satanic figure through his rather offending quest against the white whale.
Starbuck, however, is the primary mate of the Pequod, a Nantucket native and a Quake with a thin develop and a reasonable way. In appearance, Starbuck is quite thin and appears condensed into his most vital attributes, and his structured appearance well fits his mindsets and habits. Melville portrays Starbuck as both a strong follower in human fallibility and an idealist who thinks that these failings may be included. Amongst the characters in Moby Cock, it is only Starbuck who freely opposes Captain Ahab, thinking his mission versus the fantastic whale to be a spontaneous and self-destructive absurdity.
However, regardless of his open misgivings about Ahab and the open hostility in between these 2 characters that culminates when Ahab points his musket at Starbuck, the conflicted Starbuck stays faithful to his captain even when he has the possibility of overcoming Ahab. If Ahab acts as the lead character of the novel and Ahab the storyteller, Ishmael is the character whom Melville plans as the proxy for the reader: the only character offered a level of emotions varying from pity and worry to contempt, Starbuck is Melville’s surrogate for a psychological reaction from his audience.