Who read Moby-Dick help me please: Many readers have noted the pervasive influence
Many readers have noted the pervasive influence of Shakespeare on Melville. Of Shakespeare’s great tragic heroes—Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello—whom does Ahab most resemble? Does Ahab, like other tragic heroes, arouse both pity and terror? Does Moby-Dick differ in important ways from Shakespearean and Greek tragedy?