Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 69 “The Funeral” and Chapter 70 “The Sphynx”

  • What color is the stripped whale? Could that relate symbolically to Moby-Dick? Explain.
  • Comment on Ishmael’s exclamation: “Oh, horrible vulturism of the earth!” Why does he say this? Why doesn’t he say “sea,” which seems more pertinent?
  • How does Ishmael describe the head hanging from the side of the boat? What might be the point of using these words and this comparison?
  • What does this head seem to mean to Ahab? Note especially Ahab’s metaphor for the earth; it carries significance.
Asked on 03.06.2017 in English Literature.
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