Study Guide

Moby-Dick Characters

By Herman Melville

Ishmael

It seems pretty easy to identify Ishmael and his role in Moby-Dick: he’s a young, white,...

Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab: one of the best whaling captains in Nantucket, the commander of the Pequod, and...

Queequeg

Ugh, it would have looked so much cooler if we could have written "Queen Queequeg." Queequeg,...

Moby Dick

Moby Dick, the legendary White Whale, is an awfully generous sperm whale. He not only lends his...

Starbuck

Starbuck, the first mate on board the Pequod, is a long, thin, earnest Nantucket Quaker. His...

Stubb

Stubb is the boorish uncle that makes says mean things at the Thanksgiving table and then says...

Flask

You would think a dude named after a jug would be kind of dim... and you'd be right.Flask, the...

Tashtego

Okay, everyone on the Pequod is pretty much screwed, but poor Tashtego has insult added to injury...

Daggoo

Daggoo is an African tribesman from a costal village who voluntarily joined a whaling ship when...

Pip

Poor Pip. First he's saddled with one of the more unfortunate names we can think of and then he...

Fedallah

Fedallah is the harpooneer whom Ahab secretly smuggles aboard the Pequod in order to staff his...

Captain Peleg and Captain Bildad

Woo! Add Peleg and Bildad to the list of great comedy duos. Key and Peele have nothing on these...

Father Mapple

Father Mapple: the source for everything you ever wanted to know about Jonah. Oh, you didn't want...

Captain Boomer

Captain Boomer, the commander of the English whaling ship the Samuel Enderby, is like...