Compare And Contrast Moby Dick And The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about Hester and her sin, as the novel goes on you find out Roger Chillingworth was her husband and he finds out who the father of Hester’s baby is, Arthur Dimmesdale. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is about Ishmael and his journey on a whaling ship and an obsessive captain, captain Ahab, who only wants revenge on the whale that took his leg, Moby Dick. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil characters with many similarities. Roger Chillingworth is obsessed with Arthur Dimmesdale, the father father of pearl. Chillingworth goes to Arthur Dimmesdale and tells him he can help him with his sickness. While “caring” for Dimmesdale, Chillingworth is only keeping him alive so he can suffer in his sin. Roger Chillingworth said that once he saw the chest of pearls father he would know who it was. One night when Arthur was sick he opened his shirt and knew he was the father. Chillingworth…show more content…
As the whaling ship, the Pequod, sets sail. The Crew doesn’t see Captain Ahab for a few days of being aboard the ship. When they finally see him he makes the three harpooners and his three mates take a blood oath to killing Moby Dick. After a few months of being on the journey they see the white whale and go after him. After hours of hunting him it becomes dark and Ahab is still going after him while all the crew is trying to get him to give up. As the journey goes on the crew ends up in the freezing waters of the Arctic, because Captain Ahab insists on chasing the Moby Dick. By this point, the barrels that stored the oil are rotted and all the oil they collected is now wasted. Ahab is keeping the crew “hostage” until they kill Moby Dick. They finally see Moby Dick and Captain Ahab kills himself and all the crew while trying to kill the white whale. Captain Ahab was a selfish obsessed man who only looked out for

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