Captain Ahab's Soliloquy Essay

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In Captain Ahab’s soliloquy “Sunset,” Ahab is sitting by the stern windows, looking out into the sea by himself. He is melancholy in this chapter, and he says that he turns everything around him paler. He then imagines himself wearing the “Iron Crown of Lombardy,” which was used to crown the holy Roman emperors and was supposed to contain a nail from Jesus’ cross. Ahab then goes on to tell about how everyone thinks that he is a mad, but he feels the same about himself, when he says, “They think me mad- Starbuck does; but I’m demoniac, I am madness and maddened” (183). He tells of a prophecy that he would be dismembered by a whale, and he later proclaims that he will be both the prophet and the fulfiller. Ahab says that the whale (Moby-Dick) cannot avoid his fate, “The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run” (183). Ahab will not…show more content…
In the beginning, he says that his soul is overmanned by a madman, which is Ahab. He says that Ahab blasted all the reason out of him, but he will help Ahab although he feels it will be an impious end. Starbuck tells about how Ahab treats him, and he says, “Will I, nill I, the ineffable thing has tied me to him; tows me with a cable I have no knife to cut. Horrible old man” (184). He then talks about how he does not feel right about Ahab’s plan of killing the whale, and how he hopes that they can never find the whale so that Ahab’s vengeance will not happen. When Starbuck hears festive noises coming from the forecastle, he responds, “Oh, God! to sail with such a heathen crew that have small touch of human mothers in them” (184). Starbuck is outraged by the possibly foolishness shown by the crew, and he then states that the white whale is their demigorgon. At the end of his soliloquy, he says that he feels horrified by life and that he hoped that he can fight off the evil things he

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