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Herman Melville, Moby-Dick Introduction to American Literature I November 14, 2011 Professor Iannini Rutgers University
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Quiz : (answer any 3) 1.In the chapter called “The Whale as a Dish” Ishamel reflects on the fact that some of the crew like to eat whale meat. Tell me something about his attitude toward eating whale meat. 2.Tell me some details about the character Gabriel on the ship called the Jeroboam. 3.In the sections we read for today, there are many chapters in which Ishmael describes specific features of the whale’s anatomy that he finds unusual or mysterious. Tell me some details about one of these anatomical features and why Ishmael finds it significant. 4.On a whaling ship, what is the “monkey rope.” In Ishmael’s opinion, what does the “monkey rope” teach you about life? 5.What happens to Pip? What is the effect of this experience on his psychology? 6.On a whaling ship, what are “the try-works”? What happens to Ishmael when he watches the try-works during his turn at the helm?
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Options for Exam Essay on Moby-Dick : 1.The Pequod as the ship of state representing the promise and peril of 19 th -century America at a time of “Manifest Destiny” (nationalism v. cosmopolitanism; Ahab as nightmare vision of the Emersonian self) 2.The sublime : The novel as an attempt to understand and represent an experience that lies just beyond language and representation (Ishmael’s quest to understand and represent v. Ahab’s to dominate the whale) 3.The novel as a philosophical meditation on the relationship between fate, free will, and chance . Which determines the shape of our lives? Does Ishmael’s sense of this shift over time?
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Go to the meat-market of a Saturday night and see the crowds of live bipeds staring up at the long rows of dead quadrupeds. Does not that sight take a tooth out of the cannibal's jaw? Cannibals? who is not a cannibal? I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine; it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee, I say, in the day of judgment, than for thee, civilized and enlightened gourmand, who nailest geese to the ground and feastest on their bloated livers in thy pate-de-foie-gras. But Stubb, he eats the whale by its own light, does he? and that is adding insult to injury, is it? Look at your knife-handle, there, my civilized and enlightened gourmand dining off that roast beef, what is that handle made of?—what but the bones of the brother of the very ox you are eating? And what do you pick your teeth with, after devouring that fat goose? With a feather of the same fowl. And with what quill did the Secretary of the Society for the Suppression of Cruelty to Ganders
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