Thursday, December 31, 2015

Moby Dick Ch. 38: Dusk

The following is from a work-in-progress called "Moby Dick: a Book Report" in which I read each chapter of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, and write about what I read. 

And now Starbuck stands alone, leaning on the main sail, and gives his own inner monologue/soliloquy.  He feels overpowered by Ahab, unable to be a voice of reason amidst the passionate vengeance of the old man and the excitement of the crew.  Starbuck thinks to himself, "I plainly see my miserable office--to obey, rebelling; and worse yet, to hate with touch of pity!"  This is indeed Starbuck's role as first mate--to obey his captain, but to also try to be a voice of reason.  He feels an impending sense of horror.

 

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