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There are numerous biblical allusions in both the novel and the film. First, "the name Ahab describes a king who turns vile, suggesting that the Ahab of this novel will be a similarly conflicted leader. " Secondly, "(t)he biblical Ishmael (Genesis 16:1–16; 21:10 ff.) is disinherited and dismissed from his home in favor of his half-brother Isaac. The name suggests that the narrator is something of an outcast, a drifter, a fellow of no particular family other than mankind. Ishmael confirms his independent ways by telling us that he seeks no special rank aboard ship and would not want to be either a cook or a captain; he says he has enough responsibility just taking care of himself.
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