Moby-Dick Questions Chs. 19-22: What is the relationship between Elijah and Ahab in the Bible
If you have read Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” speculate on how the meeting with Elijah relates to Coleridge’s poem. What is the relationship between Elijah and Ahab in the Bible (see 1 Kings 16-22). How do you interpret Elijah’s industrial metaphor of the soul? What is the place of the soul in an industrial economy? According to Elijah, does Ahab have a soul? Why does Ishmael pronounce Elijah “crazy” and then “in my heart, a humbug?” (102, 103 ) Why doesn’t Ishmael treat the forebodings about Ahab seriously? (106 ) How do you compare Aunt Charity with Mrs. Hussey? How do you interpret Ishmael’s second meeting with Elijah? How is it different from the first meeting?