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Ryan Pool Mrs. Seale Eng IV 1 Nov 2010 Madness in Moby I. Introduction II. Melville creates a focal point of the novel through the incredible hatred that Ahab holds against Moby Dick. This driving theme is formed by a previous encounter between Ahab and the whale. 1. The whale’s attack on Ahab is recounted in the book when Melville describes the incident remarking “ … that suddenly sweeping his sickle-shaped lower jaw beneath him, Moby-Dick had reaped away Ahab’s leg, as a mower a blade of grass in the field” 164. A. Kevin Hayes observes the madness Ahab develops has two distinct stages; the first being “ … the fury of his futile single-handed attack on the whale …” and the second stage, which comes after Ahab’s injury, when “ … Ahab becomes insane” (187). B. Melville uses the loss of Ahab’s leg as the seed of Ahab’s monomania and obsessive hate for Moby-Dick. C. The actual injury inflicted by Moby is not the sole reason for hate, but from this injury grew a single tree of hate and anger. 2. Melville shows the first repercussions to Ahab’s injury “… he [Ahab] probably but felt the agonizing bodily laceration, but nothing more. Yet, when by this collision forced to
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Pool 2 turn towards home…” (165) A. “Ahab’s wound, as this passage suggests, is for him not just the actual and painful cutting open of the body, but is the more significant and painful realization that the body can be cut open” (Peretz 49) B. The first psychological injury inflicted on Ahab comes from the injury of his pride. Melville shows the effect of this injury through the manner that Ahab becomes insulted upon realization that he is not invincible and there is a creature that can cripple him for the remainder of his life. 3. CD #3: “…at intervals during the passage, he was a raving lunatic… his mates were forced to lace him fast” 165 A. CCM: “since the wound becomes more than a bodily wound, it becomes a crisis of Ahab’s authority,” (Peretz 49) B. PCM: Ahab’s pride is most seriously assaulted by the fact that he is no longer in control of the fate of his own voyage. Melville uses these damages to lay the groundwork for the abhorrence Ahab holds against the white whale. III. TOPIC SENTENCE 2: Melville expands Ahab’s metaphorical plant of hate and anger into a jungle of monomaniacal obsession over Moby-Dick. 1. CD #1: “Ahab and anguish lay stretched together in one hammock, rounding in mid winter that dreary howling Patagonian Cape; then it was, that his torn body and gashed soul bled into one another; and so interfusing, made him mad.” 165 A. CCM: “Whatever power controls the universe, Ahab wants to attack it as he feels he has been attacked.” (Character Analyses) B. PCM: Melville shows the development of Ahab’s anger into monomania by recapping
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Pool 3 the journey home after Ahab’s injury. Ahab spends most of the journey falling into
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course UGS 302 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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