Moby-Dick discussion questions Epilogue: Why does Melville choose to include

  • Why does Melville choose to include a line from the Book of Job? In what ways has Ishmael’s experience been similar to Job’s?
  • What is the purpose of that line in the Book of Job? How does that affect the way we think about Ishmael and the way we interpret the book?
  • What animals does Ishmael mention in the final chapter? In what sense is their appearance here symbolic?
  • Why does Melville choose to have the Rachel rescue Ishmael?
  • Why does Ishmael call himself an orphan at the end of the story? In what way could that be true? Who or what could we consider his parents?
Asked on 05.06.2017 in English Literature.
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