Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 45 “The Affidavit” and Chapter 46 “Surmises”

  • What is an affidavit? In what sense is this chapter an affidavit?
  • There are a number of ominous tales about whales in this chapter. What might they foreshadow? Why does Melville include them?
  • What does Ahab decide to do in this chapter and why?
  • Does his decision seem to make sense to you? How does that alter your perception of Ahab?


Asked on 02.06.2017 in English Literature.
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