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What does the White Whale symbolize in Moby-Dick? Show more Show less
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As one of the most famous symbols in literature, one would expect "Moby-Dick's" White Whale to have a single and exact meaning. Although known by most as a symbol of Ahab's monomaniac obsession, the White Whale actually could represent a multitude of different things. What does the White Whale truly symbolize?

The whale in Moby Dick represents all evil in the world Show more Show less

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Moby Dick Represents Evil

The white whale Moby Dick is the subject of Captain Ahab's revenge. Ahab is so angry at the whale for taking his leg from him, that he will stop at nothing to get him killed. The whale has Captain Ahab so obsessed with revenge that the man cannot even sleep in his bed. That is how much the evil has taken over Ahab's life. At the end of the novel, Captain Ahab and the entire crew are killed, except for Ishmael. The evil took over them all. That shows the destruction of evil and revenge.
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