Chekhov was a master of the short story.
Queequeg The harpooneers of the Pequod are all non-Christians from various parts of the world. Each serves on a mate's boat. Queequeg hails from the fictional island of Rokovoko in the South Seas, inhabited by a cannibal tribe, and is the son of the chief of his tribe.
Since leaving the island, he has become extremely skilled with the harpoon. He befriends Ishmael early in the novel, when they meet before leaving for Nantucket. He is described as existing in a state between civilized and savage.
Queequeg is the harpooneer on Starbuck's boat, where Ishmael is also an oarsman. Queequeg is best friends with Ishmael in the story. He is prominent early in the novel, but later fades in significance, as does Ishmael. The personification of the hunter, he turns from hunting land animals to hunting whales.
Tashtego is the harpooneer on Stubb's boat. Daggoo Queequeg ishmael s best friend a tall 6' 5" African harpooneer from a coastal village with a noble bearing and grace.
He is the harpooneer on Flask's boat. Fedallah is the harpooneer on Ahab's boat. He is of Indian Zoroastrian " Parsi " descent. He is described as having lived in China.
At the time when the Pequod sets sail, Fedallah is hidden on board, and he later emerges with Ahab's boat's crew. Fedallah is referred to in the text as Ahab's "Dark Shadow. He is the source of a variety of prophecies regarding Ahab and his hunt for Moby Dick.
The first time out, Pip jumps from the boat, causing Stubb and Tashtego to lose their already-harpooned whale. Tashtego and the rest of the crew are furious; Stubb chides him "officially" and "unofficially," even raising the specter of slavery: By the time he is rescued, he has become at least to the other sailors "an idiot," "mad.
Others[ edit ] Dough Boy is the pale, nervous steward of the ship.
The Cook FleeceBlacksmith Perthand Carpenter of the ship are each highlighted in at least one chapter near the end of the book. Fleece, a very old, half-deaf African-American with bad knees, is presented in the chapter "Stubb's Supper" at some length in a dialogue where Stubb good-humoredly takes him to task over how to prepare a variety of dishes from the whale's carcass.
Ahab calls on the Carpenter to fashion a new whalebone leg after the one he wears is damaged; later he has Perth forge a special harpoon that he carries into the final confrontation with Moby Dick. Perth is one of the few characters whose previous life is described in much detail: Others met at sea[ edit ] Captain Boomer[ edit ] Boomer commands the Samuel Enderby of London, one of the ships that Ahab encounters at sea.
He has not only seen Moby Dick recently, but lost his arm to him in a previous attack. Like Ahab, he has replaced the missing limb with a prosthesis made of sperm whale bone, in his case a mallet. Ahab immediately assumes he has found a kindred spirit in his thirst for vengeance, but Boomer is yet another representation of the duality to be found throughout the novel; in this instance, a sane and rational counterpart to Ahab.
While Boomer also anthropomorphizes Moby Dick, describing the "boiling rage" the whale seemed to be in when Boomer attempted to capture him, he has easily come to terms with losing his arm, and harbors no ill-will against Moby Dick, advising Ahab to abandon the pursuit.
The Enderby's doctor provides solid reasoning for this attitude, informing the gathering: Do you know, gentlemen, that the digestive organs of the whale are so inscrutably constructed by Divine Providence, that it is quite impossible for him to completely digest even a man's arm?
And he knows it too. So that what you take for the White Whale's malice is only his awkwardness. For he never means to swallow a single limb; he only thinks to terrify by feints.
While appearing to be whole, the leg is badly damaged and cannot be trusted; it now serves as metaphor for its wearer. Derick de Deer[ edit ] Derick de Deer is a German whaling captain. Melville disparages the whaling prowess of both de Deer and Germans generally.
De Deer's ship has succeeded in capturing no whales, so he begs the Pequods crew for oil for the ship's lamps. During this transaction, whales are sighted and the crews of both boats pursue, de Deer trying unsuccessfully to hinder the rival crews. De Deer is last seen pursuing a fin whaleaccording to Melville too swift a swimmer to be captured by 19th-century whalers.Original Transcriber’s Notes: This text is a combination of etexts, one from the now-defunct ERIS project at Virginia Tech and one from Project Gutenberg’s archives.
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick Illustrations by Rockwell Kent Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read First published in , Herman Melville’s masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick’s words, “the greatest novel in American literature.”.
Queequeg is the harpooneer on Starbuck's boat, where Ishmael is also an oarsman. Queequeg is best friends with Ishmael in the story.
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