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Nov 8, 2017 in Informative
Moby Dick: Argument on Whaling
There are many organizations and movements set up around the world to protect animals whether marine, domestic or any wild creature. Every country must protect its wild animals by assembling a body that foresees their safety because of the revenue they provide through tourism. Therefore, any hunting or poaching is seen as illegal or barbarous. However, the narrator strongly argues in the two chapters in his quest of justifying that whaling is a meaningful profession and an infamous pursuit as many call it.
Many people object to whaling. This is because a whale hunter is not different from the butcher. They both do the same thing %u2012 kill. However, the narrator disputes that if whaling is butchery, then how it differs from the military troops that bring down a whole city and kill %u2012 like butchers %u2012 the habitats, both humans and animals, those guilty and not, even the small infants who yet do not know about right and wrong? Why is it that the same people who so much object to whaling claiming it is bloody do not see the animosity and barbarous act of the military but applaud them, give them a honorary, and, as a result, they are acclaimed all through the country?
The narrator is an advocate for whaling as an activity and clarifies that it is not given the respect it deserves as a profession. It has been emphasized that many lamb and candle in the western since mid nineteenth century to date have been made of whale oil and whale blubber, and, hence, people should acknowledge the profession since it is of a good cause. Going back to history, whaling as an activity was much respected and honored by the kings and, therefore, profitable. Whaling, according to the narrator, has made the world a lot safer. Whaling ships were the first human communication vessels to travel to many distant places and communicate with people of all walks of life.
Any aspect of argument from those who disprove whaling may come up with is very well justified by the narrator. Whaling has gone down to history in the book of Job, the Levities. The narrator talks about a prince Alfred the Great who composed a narrative about a Norwegian whaler. Moreover, he emphasizes a speech that was made in Parliament by an Englishman named Edmund Burke. If the prince, a noble man, can write about whaler, it means that the royal family acknowledged whaling as an activity; therefore, whaling is a noble task. The narrator reminds the reader and those against whaling that Benjamin Franklin was distantly related to a family that practised whaling. He further explains that in the English law, The Ancient English Statutory, the whale is referred to as the royal fish.
Many great men respected this activity, and whale was used even on the most glamorous events. The Roman General, for instance, was given the bones of a whale in a famous Roman procession. The Americans to date are involved in the whaling business fetching thousands of dollars hence such business is highly profitable. Whaling has dignity, and the narrator reminds the readers about a constellation found in the south.
Another surprising argument that the narrator brings forth is that of the royal family using whale oil in its coronations. The British Kings, Queens, Dukes must use whale oil during anointing. The oil comes from the whale hunters in their stinking whaling ships who are looked down upon by many people terming their activities bloody and butchery.
The narrator points out that he has great respect for whaling more than any king or any value in his own behavior or manuscript.