A dream. A nightmare. Escaping from this threatening scene he is staring at Lethe when he is greeted by another person.
The Clutter family — Herbert and Bonnie, and their teenage children, Nancy and Kenyon — lead a prosperous and principled life on their farm in Holcomb, a small rural settlement in western Kansas. They are prominent and respected members of the community, in both Holcomb and the neighboring Garden City, and Herb Clutter is known to be a generous employer. Their life is disciplined, but pleasant and well provided for.
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It is dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Ishmael, who turns to the sea for meaning, relays to the audience the final voyage of the Pequoda whaling vessel. Amid a story of tribulation, beauty, and madness, the reader is introduced to a number of characters, many of whom have names with religious resonance. The Pequod sets sail, and the crew is soon informed that this journey will be unlike their other whaling missions: this time, despite the reluctance of Starbuck, Ahab intends to hunt and kill the beastly Moby Dick no matter the cost.
The narrator of the book is also a possible Everyman. He does almost nothing important in the book — except to survive the sinking of the Pequod. His job is to describe everything around him — in particular, the conflicts.
Stubb and Flask undertake this task, discussing Pequod's fate and their captain's sanity. Flask is clearly worried, but Stubb cannot face the reality of the situation; instead, against all evidence, he insists that Ahab is not placing any of them in danger. This chapter, only 5 lines long, gives us a glimpse of Tashtego's terrified attempts to cheer himself up as the storm rages around him: "we don't want thunder; we want rum; give us a glass of rum.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. In Chapter 93, Pip, a cabin boy we have met before, is recruited to go on Stubb's ship as they pursue a whale.
The novel is named after Moby Dick because he is the center of Ahab's obsession and a key figure in his own right. The White Whale's appearance is unique. He is an exceptionally large sperm whale with a snow-white head, wrinkled brow, crooked jaw, and an especially bushy spout.
Our intrepid narrator, a former schoolteacher famously "called" Ishmael—is that actually his name? On his way to find a ship in Nantucket, he meets Queequeg, a heavily tattooed South Sea Island harpooneer just returned from his latest whaling trip. Ishmael and Queequeg become best buds and roommates almost immediately. Together, they sign up for a voyage on the Pequodwhich is just about to start on a three-year expedition to hunt sperm whales.