Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 126 “The Life-Buoy” and Chapter 127 “The Deck”

  • What is the life-buoy described in the chapter title? What might Melville have chosen to include such a detail?
  • Perth claims, “I do not mean anything, sir. I do as I do.” How does Ahab respond? Does that response seem to fit with his view of life as you know it?
  • Do Ahab and Perth’s remarks about Perth’s interjection “Faith” correspond to the previous question? Explain.
Asked on 05.06.2017 in English Literature.
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