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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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The Bat, the Cat … and the Eagle?

The Bat, the Cat … and the Eagle?

Irene Adler as Inspiration for Catwoman

(p.146) Chapter 14 The Bat, the Cat … and the Eagle?
The Supervillain Reader

Richard D. Heldenfels

University Press of Mississippi

This essay views Melville’s Captain Ahab from Moby Dickas a gothic villain. The standard, eighteenth-century Gothic apparatus – blood bonds with evil, haunted castles, a reliance on supernatural terror – evolved to tell a more complicated story, focusing on the profoundly tragic imperfections inherent in man and his institutions. Ahab’s obsessions parallel those in earlier gothic novels, such as Mathew Lewis’ The Monk and Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto.

Keywords:   Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Gothic, Pequod, Haunted Castles

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