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1. In this video, we immediately learn of an obsessed captain who wants revenge. Why does he want revenge and against whom or what? The captain wants revenge again Moby Dick who is a great white whale that took the captain’s leg. 2. Who is the narrator of Moby Dick and what is the first line of the novel? The first line of the novel is, ‘Call me Ishmael’ which just happens to be the name of the narrator. 3. There are two significant Biblical allusions mentioned in the film. To whom do these allusions reference? How are the names significant? In the bible, King Ahab goes against God. In Moby Dick, Ishmael, goes against the whale that can be viewed as God or the Devil. 4. The narrator states that Moby Dick symbolizes three different meanings for three different characters. List the characters and the meaning which Moby Dick symbolizes for each of them. Captain Ahab symbolizes King Ahab from the `bible; the whale is symbol of God or the Devil. 5. Why did Melville choose to write about whaling? Why was the industry significant? He chose to write about whaling, because he himself was once in the whaling business. The whaling business is important because whale’s oils can be used as lubricants and lantern fuel. The bones and blubber can also be very resourceful and helpful to human sustainability. 6. What did Melville do when he was 21? He joined a ship crew and they sailed the South Pacific for four years before returning home. 7. What established writer did Melville befriend while he was writing Moby Dick? While Melville was writing Moby Dick, he became friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne. 8. Comment on the four harpooners of the Pequod; politically, why were they significant? All four of the harpooners were from different races, and represented different cultures that wanted to go sail had previous experience. 9. What happens to the Pequod towards the end of the book? Ahab? Ishmael? Moby Dick attacks the Pequod and kills all of the...
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