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Where does Ahab say he will search for Moby Dick?

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sexyslave | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2008 at 4:05 PM via web

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Where does Ahab say he will search for Moby Dick?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 21, 2008 at 12:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Ahab will go to any distance necessary in his search for Moby-Dick. In the "Quarter-deck" chapter, he reveals his tragic vision to the crew of the Pequod:

" . . . I'll chase [Moby-Dick] round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out."

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2008 at 12:41 AM (Answer #2)

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In Chapter XXXVI, Ahab says,

"I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up.  And this is what ye have shipped for, men!  to chase that white whatl on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out".

Ahab, in his all-consuming obsession, is essentially saying that he will follow the whale to the ends of the earth and to hell (perdition) and back.  Ahab will not cease his pursuit of Moby Dick until the whale is dead.

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