Moby Dick’s Captain Ahab. The character is multi-dimensional. At the lowest level, he is the archetype of the Yankee whaler – men who gambled life and limb to light the lamps of the world, and often lost, as he did. Next there is his psychological profile; his mad obsession with a dumb brute he is convinced is a mere facade for some un-nameable spiritual force: "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… till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out." Finally there is the age-old soul struggle between Calvinism and free will: "This whole act’s been immutably decreed. T’was rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled." he tells Starbuck. He is both Hamlet and MacBeth.

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