It remains in humanity to hold in contempt and fear things unidentified to them, on the other hand many individuals hold the pursuit of understanding as the one real course to satisfaction in life. The threats of the pursuit of knowledge are an underlying subject in Ishmael’s discussion of brit. Ishmael describes the sea as enigmatic and exceptionally more unsafe than the land; in doing so reveals how attempting to study the unidentified in the pursuit of understanding is far more dangerous than remaining ignorant.
In Ishmael’s discussion about brit he rapidly wanders off the subject of the actual brit and begins to make contrasts between the land and the sea. He specifies that even “though some old biologists have actually maintained that all animals if the land are of kind in the sea”(Melville 272), he has yet to see any creatures of the sea that have the very same charm and generosity as domesticated animals. He exposes the intrinsic lack of compassion or hospitability in oceanic animals by making this declaration.
He goes on to state that,”however baby man might boast if his science and ability, and nevertheless much in a fluttering future that science and skill might enhance; yet permanently and ever to the first light, the sea will continue to insult and murder him … guy has actually lost that sense of the awfulness of the sea which aboriginally comes from it.”(Melville 273). This passage shows the core of what Ishmael is attempting to describe in his argument. It exposes the horror and indomitable horror of the sea, which according to Ishmael individuals appear to have actually ignored and take for granted.
He likewise belittles human’s in the passage calling them “baby guy” demonstrating how helpless he thinks people are compared to the sea and how no matter how much individuals advance they can not compare to the sea’s power. He goes on to expand on this concept mentioning the lots of ways in which the ocean’s horrors hold supremacy over all others such as the sea’s absence of grace and control along with its deceiving charm and how “its most feared animals move under water unapparent for the many part and treacherously concealed below the loveliest azure”(Melville 274)
Underlying this description of the terror of the ocean is a warning; Ishmael tries to demonstrate how trying to study the unknown in pursuit of understanding is much more harmful than staying in a state of lack of knowledge. Ishmael uses comprehensive description to over emphasize how terrifying the ocean is. This shows the use of storytelling and redefinition in order to get the audience image the fears of the ocean and in doing so empathize with Ishmael’s beliefs. This suggests Ishmael’s usage of pathos in his argument.
Ishmael besides describing the ocean as a risky place he describes it as “an everlasting terra incognita” (Melville 273), this declaration of the incapableness of male to unwind the mysteries of the ocean shows the, almost fearful, reverence he holds towards the ocean and its secrets. A respect he attempts to impart upon the audience through the abovementioned usage of hyperbole and redefinition, showing an use of pathos to make the audience sympathize with these feelings.
It appears that Ishmael would rather individuals not attempt to learn about the unidentified rather than expose themselves to its risks. This is apparent when this extract, “For as thy terrible ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of a male there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and happiness, however encompassed by the scaries of the half known life. God keep thee press not off from that island, thou canst never return!”(Melville 274). This is the conclusion to Ishmael’s conversation and reveals the thinking for his declarations.
The “scaries of the half known life” incorporating the “insular Tahiti” are the important things people attempt to discover the world and themselves. Ishmael believes that by venturing out into the sea of one’s soul man exposes himself to all the threats of the world. This demonstrates how he thinks that it is much better to remain on a peninsula of ignorance and comfort than endeavor out into the sea of knowledge.
Ishmael prompts individuals to remain in their little insular world threatened by what lies beyond. He thinks that a person will find less comfort in discoveries than in lack of knowledge and as such individuals ought to stay clear of the mysteries of the world.