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A.P. LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: MOBY DICK CHAPTER 47 These two passages collaborate to largely contribute to the overall theme of fate versus free will. Together, they create a complex metaphor that brings together, fate, free will, and chance. …It seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates. There lay the fixed threads of the warp subject to but one single, ever returning, unchanging vibration, and that vibration merely enough to admit of the crosswise interblending of other threads with its own. This warp seemed necessity; and here, thought I, with my own hand I ply my own shuttle and weave my own destiny into these unalterable threads… The passage seems to depict that free will is not non-existent, but it is limited. This is shown through Ishmael’s ability to weave his own threads into the sword mat, but only within a fixed structure. …Meantime, Queequeg's impulsive, indifferent sword, sometimes hitting the woof slantingly, or
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