Moby Dick is a novel which is so popular that it has been read, studied and passed on to generations. These are some facts that you should know about its most famous character Captain Ahab
Everybody knows who Captain Ahab is, from the famous classic novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. We have curated a list of 10 lesser known facts about the fanatically heroic Captain Ahab.
Ahab was named by his insane, widowed mother, who died when he was twelve months old. At 18 years old, Ahab first took to sea as a boy-harpooner. Ahab is named for the Biblical story of Israel’s 7th King Ahab in the Books of Kings 16:28–22:40, the evil idol-worshiping ruler.
The association with the evil king prompts Ishmael to ask, after first hearing Ahab's name: "When that wicked king was slain, the dogs, did they not lick his blood?" He is rebuked by one of Ahab's colleagues, who points out that "He did not name himself."
During the opening sequence in the 2015 game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the player is given the name "Ahab", while a bandaged man names himself as "Ishmael". In addition, the transport helicopter regularly used by the player is referred to as "Pequod". The story of Venom Snake (initially introduced as Ahab) also appears to be somewhat inspired by the fate Captain Ahab.
The first ever motion picture adaptation of the book Moby Dick was a silent movie, The Sea Beast, a romantic love story in which the character of Ahab (John Barrymore), is transformed into "a handsome young sailor"
In the game This is the Police, the main character - Jack Boyd - is frequently compared to Ahab.
Singer Bob Dylan references the character in his 1965 song "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" from the album Bringing It All Back Home.
There is even the futuristic superhero Ahab, who has harpoons for weapons.
There have been two French film versions of Moby Dick, both entitled Capitaine Achab, one in 2004 starring Frédéric Bonpart and one in 2007 starring Denis Lavant.
Ahab has been portrayed a number of times on television, beginning with Victor Jory's portrayal in 1954 on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The two most recent television portrayals have been with Patrick Stewart in the 1998 mini-series and William Hurt in the 2011 mini-series.
Ahab's death seems to be based on an actual event. On May 18, 1843, Melville was aboard The Star which sailed for Honolulu. Aboard were two sailors from the ship Nantucket who could have told him that they had seen their second mate "taken out of a whaleboat by a foul line and drowned, as is Captain Ahab of Moby-Dick."
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