Moby-Dick Setting & Symbolism

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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.

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

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 is a small black idol to which QueeQueg pays homage each night. QueeQueg places great emphasis on the judgments and opinions of this idol.

The Pequod...

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