"Call me Ishmael." Those words opened Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. In one sentence, Melville began to paint an image of a man completely involved in the search for the white whale that haunted his dreams. Melville's narrator is a man not quite in step with the rest of society. He's a sea captain and would rather be on the water than the streets. His quest to find and harpoon the Great White Whale is his only motivator. Ishmael is a man obsessed.