Ahab is the first to spot Moby Dick. For three days, the crew pursues the great whale, who repeatedly turns on the Pequod 's boats, wreaking destruction and killing Fedallah, sinking the Pequod, and dragging Ahab into the sea and his death. Only Ishmael survives, clinging to Queequeg's coffin. Moby-Dick deals with depths and complications of meaning, presented primarily through the narrator. Ishmael is, above all, an observer. He avoids responsibility for others but genuinely cares for his friends. He doesn't mind servile occupations.
Moby Dick, novel by Herman Melville, published in London in October as The Whale and a month later in New York City as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. It is dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Moby Dick is generally regarded as Melville’s magnum opus and one of the greatest American novels. Kent, Rockwell: illustration of Moby Dick. Explanation of the famous quotes in Moby-Dick, including all important speeches, comments, quotations, and monologues. Search all of SparkNotes Search Suggestions.
The novel begins with a famous line: “Call me Ishmael.” Ishmael, the narrator of Moby Dick, seeks “freedom” from his life in New York City, and decides to head north to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to find a job on a whaling ship. Moby-Dick quizzes about important details and events in every section of the book. Search all of SparkNotes Search. Suggestions. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing Othello The Handmaid's Tale The Odyssey Menu. No Fear Shakespeare.