The Daily Dick: Musings on the Greatest Novel Ever


"Oh, thou clear spirit, of thy fire you made me, and like a true child of fire, I breathe it back to thee.”

Musing: In this scene, Ahab addresses the corpusants (the fire). The Pequod is still in the midst of a typhoon, yet he is taking control over nature - or so he thinks. The best part of Ahab is that we sometimes believe him when he speaks. The worst part of Ahab is that sometimes we believe him even knowing that we should not. Can he be called a villain if he can also be seen as one of us?

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