Moby-Dick Setting & Symbolism

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The Spouter Inn

The Spouter Whale is an inn in New Bedford where Ishmael chooses to stay during the time he must wait for a ship to take him to Nantucket.

Nantucket

Ishmael wants to sail on a whaling voyage from Nantucket, because it is the original center of the whaling business. It is here the "first dead American whale was stranded."

The Whaleman's Chapel

The Whaleman's Chapel is a small chapel in New Bedford where Ishmael goes to hear a sermon before departing on his whaling mission.

QueeQueg's harpoon

QueeQueg uses this tool of his trade not only for work purposes but also to retrieve food off the table and as a razor. QueeQueg prefers his own harpoon to others, because he has used it often and knows it is dependable.

Yojo

Yojo is a small black idol to which QueeQueg pays homage each night. QueeQueg places...

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