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Unformatted text preview: Lindsay Lastinger AP English Language Coach Allen January 2, 2010 Moby Dick-Essay IV Ishmaels Survival Ishmael alone survives at the end of the novel because of his definitive quality of being fatalistic, his ability to hold open-minded views in all situations, and his consistent habit of connecting well to other people. Unlike most characters in Moby Dick, Ishmael believes that fate is set and unalterablean idea that largely contributes to his survival at the end of the novel. Herman Melville uses the character of Ishmael to better illustrate to readers the theme that one should not attempt to alter his or her fate, but instead let fate run its inevitable course. Ishmaels survival justifies this theme on a high level. Because Ishmael is a fatalist, he believes that fate cannot be changed. Rather, fate must run its course in ones life. Ishmaels firm belief is presented in the following excerpt: Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby...
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