Moby-Dick Questions Chapter 50 and 51: Why is this statement ironic

  • “…Beelzebub himself might climb up the side and step down into the cabin to chat with the captain, and it would not create any unsubduable excitement in the forecastle.” (Pg. 192) Why is this statement ironic?
  • What relationship does Fedallah maintain with the crew as a whole?
  • Who first spots the night spout? What literary device does Melville use in the description of the wave, the night, and the spout?
  • What does the crew find as they attempt to hunt the spirit spout? Is Moby Dick, the whale, making the spout? If so, why is this incident repeated?
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