Moby Dick Character List


Captain Ahab

Ahab is the Captain of the Pequod, a grave older man reaching his sixties who has actually invested nearly forty years as a sailor, just three of which he has actually invested in dry land (Melville alludes to Ahab as having a partner and boy, but their presence appears of little significance to Ahab). The book is essentially the story of Ahab and his mission to defeat the famous Sperm Whale Moby Cock, for this whale took Ahab’s leg, causing him to use an ivory leg to stroll and stand. Ahab is a dour, enforcing man who frightens his team through his steady obsession with defeating Moby Dick and his grand hubris. In numerous aspects Melville represents Ahab as hardly human, hardly governed by human mores and conventions and almost totally based on his own fixation with Moby Penis. Melville explains him in mainly alien terms: Ahab is a spectral figure haunting Stubb’s dreams and existing in a place far from the living. He is in some methods a maker, untouched by human appetites and without identifiable emotion. And most notably, he claims himself a God over the Pequod, but rather he may be a Hellish figure through his rather blasphemous quest against the white whale.


Ishmael is the storyteller of the novel, an easy sailor on the Pequod who undertakes the journey because of his love for the ocean and his requirement to go sea whenever he feels “hazy about the eyes.” As the narrator Ishmael develops him as rather of a cipher and an everyman, and in fact his function in the plot of the novel is irrelevant; his primary task is to observe the disputes around him. Nevertheless, Melville does provide his storyteller a number of significant character qualities, the most important of which is his idealization of the Sperm Whale and his belief in its majesty. Also, it is Ishmael who has the only significant personal relationship in the book; he becomes a buddy with the pagan harpooner Queequeg and comes to treasure and love Queequeg to a rather improbable level open up to great interpretation; Melville even describes their relationship in regards to a marital relationship. Ishmael is the only survivor of the Pequod’s voyage, living to inform the tale of Moby Penis only because he is by chance on a whaling boat when Moby Dick sinks the Pequod and is saved by a close-by ship.


Starbuck is the chief mate of the Pequod, a Nantucket native and a Quaker with a thin develop and a pragmatic way. In appearance, Starbuck is quite thin and appears condensed into his most vital characteristics, and his structured appearance well fits his mindsets and habits. Melville represents Starbuck as both a strong follower in human fallibility and an idealist who believes that these failings may be contained. Among the characters in Moby Penis, it is only Starbuck who honestly opposes Captain Ahab, believing his quest versus the great whale to be a spontaneous and self-destructive recklessness. However, despite his open misgivings about Ahab and the open hostility between these 2 characters that culminates when Ahab points his musket at Starbuck, the conflicted Starbuck stays faithful to his captain even when he has the possibility of overcoming Ahab. If Ahab works as the protagonist of the novel and Ahab the storyteller, Ishmael is the character whom Melville intends as the proxy for the reader: the only character given a gamut of emotions varying from pity and worry to contempt, Starbuck is Melville’s surrogate for an emotional response from his audience.


Queequeg is a harpooner from New Zealand, the son of a king who renounces the throne in order to travel the world on whaling ships and discover Christian society. Ishmael fulfills Queequeg when the two should share a bed at the Spouter Inn in New Bedford before journeying to Nantucket to undertake the journey on the Pequod. Melville represents Queequeg as a blend of civilized habits and savagery. Definitely in his look and upbringing he is uncivilized by the requirements of the primary characters of the unique, yet Melville (through his storyteller Ishmael) finds Queequeg to be incredibly noble, considerate and brave. Melville uses Queequeg as a character in continuous shift: from savagery to civilization, and in the last chapters after he experiences a health problem from which he wills himself recuperated, in an uneasy tension between life and death. The relationship between Queequeg and Ishmael is the most intimate of the unique, as the two become close buddies.


The second mate on the Pequod, Stubb is a Cape Cod native with a happy-go-lucky, carefree nature that tends to mask his real viewpoints and beliefs. Stubb stays comical even in the face of the imperious Ahab, and he even attempts to make a joke at the captain’s expenditure. Although never ever severe, Stubb is however a more than competent whaleman: his easygoing manner permits Stubb to prompt his crew to work without seeming imposing or dictatorial, and it is Stubb who kills the first whale on the Pequod’s trip. Nevertheless, Melville does not depict Stubb as an idealized character; although proficient and carefree, Stubb is also the character who suggests that the Pequod robs the Rosebud of its whales to secure their ambergris.


The 3rd mate on the ship, Flask plays a much less popular role than either Starbuck or Stubb. He hails Martha’s Vineyard with a pugnacious attitude worrying whales. Melville represents Stubb as a guy whose hungers can not be sated, and in truth in attempting to sate these hungers Flask becomes much more starving.


He is a young black man and a member of the Pequod crew who changes one of Stubb’s oarsman but becomes extremely terrified while reducing after a whale and leaps from the boat. Although Stubb conserves him the first time, he alerts him that he will not do so if he attempts it once again, and when he does Pip just endures when another boat conserves him. After understanding that the others would allow his death, Pip ends up being nearly ridiculous. However, Ahab takes pity on him for his insanity and permits him use of his cabin.


He is among the “dusky phantoms” that compose Ahab’s unique whaling crew. The Asiatic and Asian Fedallah, also called the Parsee, stays a “stifled mystery” to the other characters and represents a sinister figure for the crew of the Pequod; there are even reports that he is the devil in camouflage and wants to abduct Ahab. Fedallah has a prophetic dream of hearses two times during the course of the unique, yet both he and Ahab develop that this suggests a certain end to Moby Cock. Fedallah passes away throughout the second day of the chase against Moby Penis, when he becomes knotted in the whale line.

Peter Casket

He is the innkeeper at the Spouter Inn where Ishmael stays on his way to Nantucket.

Daddy Mapple

He is the popular preacher and a previous harpooner who has actually left sailing for the ministry. Popular for his genuineness and sanctity, Dad Mapple delights in a considerable track record. Prior to leaving for the voyage on the Pequod, Ishmael attends a service in which Daddy Mapple offers a preaching that thinks about the tale of Jonah and the Whale.

Hosea Hussey

She is the owner of the Try Pots Inn and the cousin of Peter Coffin. Ishmael and Queequeg stay at the Attempt Pots while in Nantucket before leaving on the Pequod.


A retired sailor and former captain of the Pequod, he is a “fighting Quake” who owns the ship along with Bildad. Peleg is the character who first indicates the dark dispute within Ahab by comparing him to the famous repellent king of the exact same name.


The owner of the Pequod together with Peleg, Bildad is also a “fighting Quake” who scolds the crew of the Pequod for obscenity and is sorry for having to leave the Pequod on its long trip.


He is a stranger that Ishmael and Queequeg pass while staying in Nantucket who asks if they have actually fulfilled Old Thunder (Captain Ahab), and later asks the 2 if they have sold their souls to the devil by accepting undertake a trip on the Pequod.


A sailor on the Pequod and a hazardous man simply returned from a trip that lasted 4 years, he returns to the sea practically instantly since of his affinity for life on the ocean.


He is an Indian from Martha’s Vineyard who ends up being the harpooner for Stubb.


He is a massive African man who ends up being the harpooner for Flask.


The steward of the Pequod, he serves dinner to the team of the ship but remains nervous whenever dealing with Queequeg and Tashtego.


He is the blacksmith on the Pequod who styles the harpoon for Ahab.

Captain Mayhew

The captain of the Jeroboam, a Nantucket ship, his ship fell prey to a mutiny by a shaker and now suffers from an infectious epidemic.


He is a Shaker on the Jeroboam who had been a terrific prophet before leaving for Nantucket. While on the Jeroboam, he announces himself as the archangel Gabriel and stimulates a mutiny.


He is a member of the Jeroboam’s team that was eliminated by Moby Dick.

Derick De Deer

The captain of the German ship Jungfrau, he pleads the Pequod for oil and after that takes part in a competition with the Pequod for a Sperm Whale.

Dr. Bunger

The cosmetic surgeon on the Samuel Enderby, a British ship, he cautions Ahab that Moby Cock would be best left alone and wonders whether Ahab remains in reality crazy.

Captain Gardiner

The captain of the Rachel, he pleads Ahab for support discovering a lost boat which contains his boy and provides Ahab a considerable sighting of Moby Cock. It is his ship that finds Ishmael after the sinking of the Pequod.