Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 84 “Pitchpoling” Chapter 85 “The Fountain”

  • Stubb compares the whale’s bloody spout to fireworks on the Fourth of July. How could that be read symbolically?
  • How, again, does this chapter raise the question of interpretation? What does it suggest about interpretation? How does that pertain to the novel, as a whole?
  • How and why does Melville have Ishmael compare whales to literary and mythological figures?
  • Explain the idea Ishmael tries to convey in the final paragraph. What might that have to do with reading and writing?
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