Moby Dick Book Report

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The book named Moby Dick is a story based on real voyages by the author Herman Melville. Melville was inspired to write this book from events that had happened to him as a whaler. The book Moby Dick is a medium reading level book with 635 pages. The book starts off with one of the most famous book lines, “Call me Ishmael”. Ishmael is the narrator who has skills in many different areas of expertise, but he wants to go on a whaling boat. Many people think this is his way of suicide. Ishmael meets Queequeg, a savage, in an inn where Ishmael was staying for the night. Ishmael and Queequeg clicked at that moment and became best friends. There are many different clues that may show Queequeg and Ishmael having an intimate relationship.
There are a few protagonists in Moby Dick. Ahab in a way was a protagonist, he was one of the main characters. He had a thirst for revenge against Moby Dick the whale who ate his leg. Ahab is a very strict and angry old fellow. Though he has a reason for his anger, the only problem is that he can not contain his anger within him. He unleashes it upon the rest of his crew, and this is where he becomes an antagonist. He antagonises the whole crew and he sails the crew to their death, without even caring for them or their safety.
The main antagonist in this story is the whale Moby Dick. Moby Dick or the White Whale, is always being hunted for his oil. He also has taken so many lives that who ever can kill Dick would be famous. Although, Moby won’t go down without a fight. He is considered the antagonist, because he tries to stop the protagonist. Personally I think that Moby Dick is just trying to stay alive and alone. But no-one leaves him alone.
In Herman Melville's Moby Dick, there are many settings. The main and most important setting, is the ship called the Pequod. The Pequod, was a whaling ship that Ishmael, the narrator, set sail on with his new found friend Queequeg. Along the voyage Ishmael meets many other characters such as Tashtego, Dagoo, Ahab, and the rest of the crew. Ahab is the captain, and his first mate is Starbuck a very religious and respectable man. Ahab had gotten this crew together, so he could go and kill the legendary White Whale, Moby Dick. Ahab wanted revenge for what Moby Dick had taken from him, so he blinds himself with anger and leads his whole crew to a...

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