Is there any truth to this?
>Ahab is virtually a human monolith, a Promethean figure. He takes his multinational crew in maniacal pursuit of the white whale which took off his leg (and, Melville implies, more than that: as a friend of mine quipped, a better title for the book might be Moby-no-Dick).
Currently reading Moby-Dick for the first time in English (not my native language, but I manage, the cetological and actual story portions are really enjoyable), just passed Ahab's first description and couldn't find any of those implications so far. Should I expect them to pop up eventually?
What I’ve dared, I’ve willed; and what I’ve willed, I’ll do! They think me mad – Starbuck does; but I’m demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that’s only calm to comprehend itself! The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and – Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer.
This is an internal monologue of Ahab. If he lost his dick I think it would be in his thoughts.
People are obsessed with dicks and I think they project this onto books/characters. Can't a guy just be pissed he lost his leg?
I doubt it's truth, I've read it closely and never picked up on that. And if it is true, I hope that academia doesn't figure it out otherwise it'll be studied under the influence of Freud and Lacan and Fanon or whatever they read now as a text of "emasculation"
Beginning of chapter 106.
>[...] he had been found one night lying prone upon the ground, and insensible; by some unknown, and seemingly inexplicable, unimaginable casualty, his ivory limb having been so violently displaced, that it had stake-wise smitten, and all but pierced his groin; nor was it without extreme difficulty that the agonizing wound was entirely cured.
It's ambiguous but it's certainly hinted that Ahab was castrated as well.