Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 94 “A Squeeze of the Hand” and Chapter 95 “The Cassock”

  • What does Ishmael’s state of mind seem to be in this chapter? What puts him in that frame of mind?
  • What does Ishmael learn about human happiness from this experience?
  • What, exactly, is the “cassock”? Who wears it? When?
  • To what extent is the mincing compared? Why does Melville choose this? What does it suggest about mincing? About religion?
Asked on 05.06.2017 in English Literature.
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