Mapping the world's opinions

argument top image

< Back to question What does the White Whale symbolize in Moby-Dick? Show more Show less

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 some sort of inscrutable god or higher power Show more Show less

There are many reasons why the White Whale represents God. The whale's whiteness relates to the holiness of higher powers. The whale's incomprehensible size and strength represent that of a diety. Captain Ahab wants to kill the whale to become a God himself.
(1 of 3) Next position >

The whale in Moby Dick represents nature

(1 of 2) Next argument >

The Argument

Counter arguments

Premises

Rejecting the premises


References


    This page was last edited on Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020 at 01:28 UTC

    Vote

    Not sure? Read more before voting. ↑

    Explore related arguments