I recently read Moby Dick and couldn’t wait to post my Moby Dick Discussion! Totally LOVED IT! I’ve been wanted to do a discussion post for weeks…but haven’t really figured out the right questions to ask. But recently I can across a reading guide to Moby Dick as well as the book A Lifetime’s Reading and they both gave me a lot of inspiration!
If you have not read this book yet, you might want to skip this post…it will def be spoilery!
MOBY DICK DISCUSSION
About the Author
Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. He worked as a crew member on several vessels beginning in 1839, his experiences spawning his successful early novels Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847). Subsequent books, including his masterpiece Moby-Dick (1851), sold poorly, and by the 1860s Melville had turned to poetry. Following his death in New York City in 1891, he posthumously came to be regarded as one of the great American writers.
About the Book
Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author’s lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
#1 Captain Ahab shows moments of being mad, superstitious, obsessed and even charismatic, but what is your overall conclusion of him?
#2 The crew of the Pequod obey and respect Ahab, but is he a good Captain? Does he take care of his boat/crew & think about the needs of other ships?
#3 Is it understandable for Captain Ahab to want revenge, given his past with the whale? What does his obsession with Moby Dick tell us about the nature of revenge?
#4 What does Moby Dick represent in this story? Why is he white? How does letting him get away in the end affect the overall story?
#5“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” (Italo Calvino) What does Moby Dick have to say?
Did you like this discussion? Great! I can’t wait to see your responses and overall thoughts. I’m hoping to post many more discussions in the future so keep and eye on the archive if you like this kind of content. I’ve also recently published my Reading Stats from 2018 as well as my Blog Stats from 2018!
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I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.