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    him or it

    This is a quotation from the story of Moby Dick.
    "He offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him.he offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him."
    Why did the writer use 'him' instead of 'it'?
    Best regards.

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    Re: him or it

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    This is a quotation from the story of Moby Dick.
    "He offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him.he offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him."
    Why did the writer use 'him' instead of 'it'?
    Best regards.
    Moby Dick was an enemy of Ahab and Ahab thought of Moby Dick as a person. Research the words personal and personalized for more insight into this behavior.

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    Re: him or it

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    This is a quotation from the story of Moby Dick.
    "He offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him.he offered a gold coin to the first sailor who saw him."
    Why did the writer use 'him' instead of 'it'?
    Best regards.
    It is not at all uncommon to call male animals "him" or female animals "her".

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