##y-Dick's Personality Of Moy Dick And Moby Dick

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Like Ahab, Ishmael is a white man; however, he is different because he is not a white supremacist. Ishmael’s narration cuts down the “myth of white supremacy” (Andriano 141). Ishmael’s view of life can be contrasted with Ahab’s worldview; Ishmael progresses to see and accept diversity, while Ahab can only see whiteness. Melville uses the book’s narrator to convey the white man's true status in the world; Melville's white man is an equal to all other races. Ishmael is written to resemble Moby-Dick’s author by sharing Melville's opinions on whaling, spirituality, and philosophy. Ishmael is the only sailor to survive the sinking of the Pequod, which suggests that Melville pities these kind of white men, the men who are able to look beyond the whiteness (Berthod 139). Ishmael is able to accomplish what other white men in the novel cannot, which is a view of equality rather than racism. Ishmael is initially suspicious about Queequeg. He admits, “I could not help it, but I began to feel suspicious of this ‘dark complexioned’ harpooner” (13). Ishmael’s doubts about the savage are quickly proven wrong after he and the cannibal bond from sharing a bed with one another. By Chapter 10, he and Queequeg become bosom friends, and the novel’s protagonist time and time again defends his savage friend. Melville uses Ishmael to place the white man lower than an animal, emphasizing the American white man’s imminent doom (Andriano 143). In Chapter 13, Ishmael calls himself a barnacle to

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