Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 76: “The Battering-Ram”, Chapter 77: “The Great Heidelberg Tun”, Chapter 78: “Cistern and Buckets”

  • What battering-ram does Ishmael here describe? Why is this possibly important for the plot of the novel?
  • Why is this part of the whale important? What color is the inside of the case? What does it seem to suggest here?
  • What is a cistern and how does it relate to the events in this chapter?
  • What happens to Tashtego in this chapter? Could this be symbolic? Explain.
Asked on 03.06.2017 in English Literature.
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