Moby-Dick Discussion Questions

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By investigating various movie adaptations and juvenile editions of Moby-Dick (including comic books), attempt to analyze the qualities of Melville's novel which do not transfer to other mediums.

Basing your work on Chapter 32 of the novel, "Cetology," check Melville's facts about whales with what is known about them today. How much, if any, of this chapter would need revising?

Explore the issues of physical disability and revenge from the perspective of modern psychology; apply what you learn to the character of Ahab to try to understand his motivations.

Imagine a reader of Moby-Dick who is given a copy in which Chapter 9 (Father Mapple's sermon) has been torn out. The reader claims it made no difference to his or her appreciation of the book. Present an argument in favor of the chapter.

Compare and contrast practices of the whaling industry in the 1850s with current practices followed...

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