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|“||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.||„|
|~ Ahab's famous speech concerning the monstrous whale Moby Dick.|
Moby Dick is a legendary sea monster made famous in the 1851 classic Herman Melville novel of the same name; although the beast is destructive, powerful, and wild, he is actually the secondary villain of the piece - with Captain Ahab serving as the primary (albeit tragic) villain. Despite this, multiple interpretations about Moby Dick's character have risen. Some believe him to merely be an animal acting out of sheer instinct, but Ahab and many whales think of him as a sentient, dangerous, and malevolent supernatural entity.
Moby Dick is a gigantic white sperm whale and a fearsome monster that Ahab is determined to slay at all costs, in the process, Ahab goes insane and the battle between man and beast becomes what is widely believed to be one of the most famous stories of all time.
- He was based on Mocha Dick, a real-life male sperm whale who lived on Mocha Island during the 1800s.
- In November 2008, scientists discovered an extinct species of sperm whale which they named Livyatan Melvillei. The term Melvillei was inspired by the late Herman Melville, the author of the 1851 novel Moby Dick.