Moby Dick

ahab asks himself 'Is ahab ahab?

what does he mean by this question

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This refers to destiny..... does he have a choice? Is it his role to play? Or is all in God's hands?

"I so keep pushing, and crowding, and jamming myself on all the time; recklessly making me ready to do what in my own proper, natural heart, I durst not so much as dare? Is Ahab, Ahab? Is it I, God, or who, that lifts this arm? But if

the great sun move not of himself; but is as an errand-boy in heaven; nor one single star can revolve, but by some invisible power; how then can this one small heart beat; this one small brain think thoughts; unless God does that beating, does that thinking, does that living, and not I."


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