This section features a number of reversals, most notably that of the ship's needle. Disaster News The Pequod begins its fateful journey from Nantucket to find Moby-Dick on Christmas Day. The novel was the sixth novel published by , a landmark of American literature that mixed a number of literary styles including a fictional adventure story, historical detail and even scientific discussion. Language : English Moby Dick Wordsworth Classics Herman Melville Book Descriptions: Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab s quest to avenge the whale that reaped his leg. Moby-Dick features several characters who seem insane. What does the chapter suggest about the possibility of multiple interpretations? Ahab, the captain of a whaling ship out of New Bedford, is obsessed with killing a great albino sperm whale.
What does it mean that Ahab must depend upon the bone of a whale to stand upright as a human being? The death of the old whale p. Moby Dick is the greatest novel ever written by an American. Ahab asks the whale's head to prophesy 249, ch. The gentiles in Ninevah repented their evil ways and God spared the city. However, some of the other characters in the novel whom Ishmael labels insane—notably Pip and Gabriel—might be viewed as wise rather than crazy, thus calling into question the possibility of making a clear distinction between sanity and insanity. How does Father Mapple's sermon set the tone for the novel? But it is also a hymn to democracy.
What was the false god that Captain Ahab worshipped? In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies and asides. In what ways is the carpenter a foil for Ahab? This movie is based on the novel by Herman Melville, one of the great works of American Literature. When Stubb kills a whale, the line moves so fast around the loggerhead that blue smoke arises 231, ch. Macmillan Readers Moby Dick 1 This page has been downloaded from www. Context: It was a time of unprecedented change; the Industrial Revolution was transforming the American landscape.
Benchmarks: Understands how the communication of ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes used. Are these two images distinct? Why does the point of view shift from first person to dramatic just after the communion scene? The head of the whale, seen as embodying a mystery or set of undecipherable hieroglyphics in previous chapters, here becomes the site of great beauty yet great danger. Discuss the role of diversity as it affects the theme of friendship in the novel. What is Fedallah's role in the novel? This study guide is an unofficial companion and not endorsed by the author or publisher of the book. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God.
What is his colloquy with the carpenter designed to show about him? What is the function of the extracts included prior to Chapter 1? Which are static characters, and which ones grow or change throughout the novel? Compare and contrast practices of the whaling industry in the 1850s. Ask students not only to report on how critical opinions about the novel have changed but also to suggest why the changes took place. Present an argument in favor of the chapter. Astrology is also popular today and has been practiced for centuries. Further Study Questions Answer key Upper Moby Dick Further Study Questions Plot 1 Chronology of events in the story 1 Ishmael decides to go to sea. You may include quotations or information from an interview with Ishmael.
Thousands upon thousands of these giant animals have been killed without turning on the boats, the ships and the sailors who were attacking them. These standards are drawn from Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education: 2nd Edition and have been provided courtesy of thein Aurora, Colorado. Consider the characters of Ishmael, Starbuck, and Ahab. The effort to take the whale stands for the mindless pursuit of wealth through the exploitation of nature. Is it I, God, or who, that lifts this arm? He took a ship bound for another city to flee from the presence of God.
What should he have done, rather than pursue the White Whale? Context: Melville had a premonition that Moby-Dick would not be accepted by the American public. Featured Actors: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehard, Orson Welles, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews, Friedrick Ledebur. Can a person take revenge upon an element of nature? It is full of biblical references. In what ways has his appearance been anticipated by other incidents and figures such as the squid ch. Direct students to include in their made-up journal entries not merely facts of a fictional voyage but the feelings of the journal keeper as well, especially shifts in emotions over long periods at sea. Grade level: 9-12 Subject area: language arts Standard: Demonstrates a familiarity with selected literary works of enduring quality.
The relationship between Ahab and Starbuck, and also that between Pip and Ahab, deepens in this section. What are the underlying values or attitudes Melville has attached to land and sea respectively in the first 16 chapters? The reputation of the novel floundered for many years, and it was only after Melville's death that it became considered one of the major novels in American literature. The story of the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod , the novel draws at least partially from the experiences of its author while a sailor and a harpooner on whaling ships before settling in New England as a writer. In what ways are the various portents and omens fulfilled in this section? Has he become a fire-worshipper? Definition: A formidable opponent bent on retribution or vengeance. Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. Ahab must maintain his composure and certainty in front of his crew; it is only in private that he can express doubt or regret.