Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 97 “The Lamp” and Chapter 98 “Stowing Down and Clearing Up”

  • To what is whale oil compared at the end of the chapter? What do the whalers do with it? What does that suggest about them?
  • Describe the tone of the first paragraph.
  • What does Ishmael refer to, and what does he mean when he says, “Oh! my friends, but this is man-killing! Yet this is life.”?
  • With what idea about existence does the chapter conclude? How does the reference to Pythagoras relate? What does it add to the chapter?
Asked on 05.06.2017 in English Literature.
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