Moby-Dick Questions Ch. 99: It focuses on Ishmael’s epistemology
It focuses on Ishmael’s epistemology; his views about our relationship to “reality,” and his method of symbolism. How does each person’s reading of the doubloon reflect his character and how he views the world and his place in it? What do you make of Stubb’s interpretations of the readings of Queequeg, Fedallah, and Pip? What is important about Pip’s reading? Note that, aside from Ishmael, there are eight characters who offer their opinions about the doubloon.