Moby-Dick | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.

Moby-Dick | Characters

Character Description
Ishmael Ishmael is the narrator of the story. Read More
Captain Ahab Captain Ahab is the mysterious and obsessed captain of the Pequod. Read More
Moby Dick Moby Dick is an old sperm whale and—according to Captain Ahab—the embodiment of evil. Read More
Queequeg Queequeg is Ishmael's friend and Starbuck's harpooner. Read More
Starbuck Starbuck is the first mate of the Pequod. Read More
Stubb Stubb is the pipe-smoking second mate of the Pequod. He is from Cape Cod and is jolly and careless. Read More
Flask Flask is the third mate of the Pequod. He is from Martha's Vineyard and feels that it is his personal mission to kill whales. Read More
Captain Bildad Captain Bildad is a Quaker and retired whaling captain. He is one of the owners of the Pequod.
Captain Boomer Captain Boomer is the captain of the whaling ship Samuel Enderby. He has a whalebone arm as a result of an encounter with Moby Dick.
Daggoo Daggoo is an African harpooner assigned to Flask's boat.
Dough Boy Dough Boy is the steward aboard the Pequod.
Elijah Elijah is a mysterious man who confronts Ishmael and Queequeg in Nantucket, warning them about Captain Ahab.
Father Mapple Father Mapple is the minister at the Whaleman's Chapel in New Bedford. He is a former whaleman and a powerful preacher.
Fedallah Fedallah is Ahab's personal harpooner, whom Ahab smuggles on board along with his personal whaleboat crew.
Fleece Fleece is the cook aboard the Pequod.
Gabriel Gabriel is a member of the crew of the whaleship Jeroboam, who prophesies that harming Moby Dick, an incarnation of God, will bring bad fortune.
Captain Peleg Captain Peleg is a Quaker and retired whaling captain. He is one of the owners of the Pequod.
Perth Perth is the blacksmith aboard the Pequod.
Pip Pip is a young African American boy who is abandoned at sea for a time. The experience leaves him both "an idiot" and a prophet.
Tashtego Tashtego is a Native American harpooner assigned to Stubb's boat.
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