These and other types of scenarios conjure up dark passions and vengeful fantasies of violence against the perpetrators. Ahab seemed to have "what seems a half-wilful over-ruling morbidness at the bottom of his nature", and "all men tragically great", Melville added, "are made so through a certain morbidness ; "all mortal greatness is but disease ". Even before he met Ahab who stayed below deck for the first part of the Pequod's journeyIshmael anxiously awaited signs that Ahab might leave his quarters and come out on deck with everyone else. Part of Starbuck's objection to the way that Ahab talks about Moby Dick is based on the fact that Ahab ascribes motives to a whale that an animal couldn't possibly have. There are men From whom warm words are small indignity.
In the same way Fedallah, who only says what Ahab wants to hear, is an auditory reflection of Ahab's evil, of which Moby Dick is the visual reflection.
Insult, Revenge and Captain Ahab
Did you know… We have over college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1, colleges and universities. Yet Melville does not offer easy solutions. To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social statusgood and evil, and the existence of God. Ahab with violence, Ishmael with meditation. First, the original modification of words as "Leviathanism"  and the exaggerated repetition of modified words, as in the series "pitiable", "pity", "pitied" and "piteous" Ch.