Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
What have been some of the best things about reading this novel? The worst? Which outweighs the other?
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 6:45 PM 18 comments:
Does Ishmael seem to share, reject, or sympathize with Ahab's quest for Moby Dick?
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 6:41 PM 6 comments:
You gotta problem with me?
What do you consider the biggest conflict of the novel--man vs. nature, man, self, or fate?
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 6:37 PM 10 comments:
A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich...
Who is supposed to be the protagonist of this book??
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 6:36 PM 6 comments:
Are you a believer?
Critics contend that this novel is full of ambiguity, even regarding Melville's views on Christianity. Is he a believer or a skeptic?
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 6:33 PM 3 comments:
Get on the Crazy Train
Throughout the novel, it seems like the crazy people are always in control. This is especially true in the case of Gabriel and Ahab. Both of these two seem to wield a sort of demagogic influence over the hands on their respective ships. While they both preach a different sermon, their appeal stretches to nearly all but the rational thinkers such as Starbuck. All too often the crazy receive power, even the power of an entire nation (Stalin, amedemajad, and Hitler). Have you ever been influenced by a person who you know sounds crazy, but still you listen? Or have you ever been in a similar situation as the Starbuck who resisted crazy charismatic appeals?
Posted by Mrs. Baird at 2:46 PM 5 comments:
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