Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 49 “The Hyena” and Chapter 50 “Ahab’s Boat and Crew, Fedallah”

  • Explain the chapter title’s appropriateness. What does it have to do with Ishmael’s attitude toward life in general and life aboard the Pequod in particular.
  • What is it that the sailors often do, according to Ishmael? Why do they do it?
  • Stubb notes that he’s never seen Ahab kneel. What are the multiple meanings of this observation?
  • What ideas and impressions does this chapter try to convey about Fedallah?
Asked on 02.06.2017 in English Literature.
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