The Madness of Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab, all of this is madness. The whale has taken your leg again. begged Starbuck. Ahab turned away. Then he spoke. “This hunt was rehearsed by you and me a billion years before this ocean came to be. Fate cannot be changed!
Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is an adventure novel set on a whaling ship in the the 19th century. People were trying to obtain whale oil to provide fuel for their lamps, machines and technologies. However, their excessive killing angered the king white whale. On a previous trip to capture the whales, the Captain, Ahab, lost his leg to a white whale, which fueled his desire for revenge and to kill the white whale.
Ahab is willing to risk his his life and his crew’s life to get his revenge. His crew still respected his behavior. In the final chapter, Ahab and his crew are trying to kill the white whale; however, it was the whale who killed Ahab.