"God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee; and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus; a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever; that vulture the very creature he creates." The Study: It has taken me years and years to halfway begin to understand this passage. Melville seems to say that like Prometheus, who created his own myth by stealing fire from the gods, Ahab has created his own myth of the white whale. I accept an interpretatio
"Ah, God! what trances of torments does that man endure who is consumed with one unachieved revengeful desire. He sleeps with clenched hands; and wakes with his own bloody nails in his palms." The Study: Melville details the inner torture in bad men and evil leaders. I think of our current 'leader' waking at all hours to send hateful missives throughout the twitter-verse. Is it revenge that motivates such hate? And who will continue to pay for the torment within?