Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 67 “Cutting In” and Chapter 68 “The Blanket”

  • What strikes you most about the process of cutting in? Describe the impression you think Melville wants you to have on this process.
  • For what does Ishmael use dried pieces of the whale’s outer coating? In what way is that a metaphor for this book?
  • To what does Ishmael compare the markings on the whale? In what way is that, too, a metaphor for the book?
  • For what reason and in what way does Ishmael tell people to model themselves after the whale?
Asked on 03.06.2017 in English Literature.
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