MOBY DICK Author:Herman Melville Ahab is the hero of Moby Dick, but what sort of hero? — The answer to all questions depends in part on our judgement — of Ahab's quest and on the identify of the white whale, Moby Dick, that is the object of that quest. — And so we must also ask ourselves, who, or what, is Moby Dick? — He is, first of all, a real whale, and one side of Moby Dick is... more » the greatness as a history of the whale fishery, the story of a colorful, courageous, little-known, vanished, adn heroic way of life.
If you can say that there is such a thing as a Great American Nove, Moby Dick could well qualify for that distinction.