Moby-Dick | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Chapter 35

Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 35 of Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.

Moby-Dick | Chapter 35 | Summary

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Summary

Ishmael is about to take his first turn at the masthead, looking constantly at the sea for signs of whales. He considers how their masthead is different from a "crow's nest" and how "young philosophers" might not do a diligent job of sighting the whales. He admits that it is difficult to maintain your focus on watching for whales when you are thinking about other things.

Analysis

This chapter includes a little humor in that Ishmael acknowledges it is hard to pay attention to your job when you're constantly getting caught up in philosophical thoughts. Because Ishmael's own story is a fabric of tangential thoughts, philosophies, and musings interwoven with plot, he seems to be talking about himself here.

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