The First Ten Chapters Of Moby Dick By Herman Melville

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Within the first ten chapters of "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, the plot could be described as desire, that of the main protagonist, Ishmael. This is true because Ishmael is chasing his want to go out to sea whaling. In the first chapter, it is said that "...almost all men...sometime or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me," meaning that everyone shares that desire to be near the sea. Ishmael travels to New Bedford to prepare to leave for Nantucket, where the ship he boards will disembark on its whaling journey. He went completely out of his way to reach this location, which connects back to Ishmael following his wanting to be sea-bound. Ishmael ends up sharing a bed with a cannibal, just to be able to sail.
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