An Evaluation of Moral Ambiguity in Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The moral ambiguity of the universe is usually prevalent throughout Melville’s Moby

Dick. None of the characters represent 100 % pure evil or natural goodness. Even

Melville’s information of Ahab, whom he repeatedly identifies "monomaniacal,"

suggesting an amorality or psychosis, is certainly given an opportunity to be observed as a

frail, sympathetic figure. When Ahab’s "monomaniac" fate is juxtaposed

with that of Ishmael, that moral ambiguity deepens, departing the reader with

an ultimate unclarity of principle.

The final occasions of Moby Dick take the novel to a terse, abrupt climax.

The mutual destruction of the Pequod and the White colored Whale, followed by

Ishmael’s epilogue occupies approximately half twelve pages. Despite

Melville’s previous inclination to methodically detail every part of whaling

existence, he assumes a concise, almost journalistic way in the climax.

Remember that in these few web pages, he makes little try to assign value

judgements to the events occurring. Stylistically, his narration is

decreased to brusque, factual phrases by using a greater number of