Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 134 “The Chase—Second Day” and Chapter 135 “The Chase—Third Day”

  • Consider the simile between the Pequod and a cannonball. Why does Melville make that particular comparison?
  • How does this chapter describe the crew now? Is that possibly symbolic? Explain.
  • Why does the chase end on the third day, as opposed to the fourth, second, twenty-ninth, etc.?
  • In what way could the flag in this chapter be symbolic? What happens around it at the end? How do you read those details?
Asked on 05.06.2017 in English Literature.
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