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Ch 9: Moby-Dick Chapter Summaries

About This Chapter

This ''Moby-Dick'' study guide chapter includes short and engaging summaries of every chapter from the novel. The chapter's bite-sized lessons and quizzes can help you prepare for upcoming literature tests, complete homework assignments or refresh your understanding of the book's sequence of events.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help summarizing the chapters from Moby-Dick will benefit from these lessons. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the novel's chapters. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in summarizing key events in the chapters from Moby-Dick
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Moby-Dick Chapter Summaries chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Moby-Dick chapters for a standard literature course. You can expect to study:

  • Etymology and extracts from Moby-Dick
  • Summaries and an analyses of the novel's 135 chapters and epilogue

16 Lessons in Chapter 9: Moby-Dick Chapter Summaries
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Moby-Dick Etymology & Extracts

1. Moby-Dick Etymology & Extracts

Examine the text, author, and themes of Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' through its two preliminary chapters: 'Etymology' and 'Extracts'. Learn about the importance of language, uncertainty, and history, which Melville imbues in these first passages.

Moby-Dick Chapter 1-9 Summary & Analysis

2. Moby-Dick Chapter 1-9 Summary & Analysis

The first nine chapters of Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' give the reader more than a famous opening line. These chapters introduce the characters of the novel and provide insight to Ishmael's perception of the world. They also reveal the novel's strong Biblical influences.

Moby-Dick Chapter 10-21 Summary & Analysis

3. Moby-Dick Chapter 10-21 Summary & Analysis

This lesson will summarize Chapters 10-21 of Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick. A story is more than just its plot, so we will also take a closer look at some characters and elements in these chapters that have an influence on the larger story.

Moby-Dick Chapter 22-31 Summary & Analysis

4. Moby-Dick Chapter 22-31 Summary & Analysis

Chapters 22-31 of Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' cover the period from when the Pequod takes to sea on Christmas Day through the point that Captain Ahab instructs the crew to be on the watch for whales. These chapters introduce us to Ahab and the main crewmen.

Moby-Dick Chapter 32-40 Summary & Analysis

5. Moby-Dick Chapter 32-40 Summary & Analysis

In these chapters, the real cause of Captain Ahab's obsession becomes clear. He tells the crew that they will find and kill the white whale Moby Dick...or die trying.

Moby-Dick Chapter 31-47 Summary & Analysis

6. Moby-Dick Chapter 31-47 Summary & Analysis

Chapters 31 through 47 of Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' offer a glimpse into life aboard the 'Pequod'. In particular, insight is presented regarding the ship's Captain. Ahab reveals how he lost his leg, and why he is driven to hunt Moby-Dick.

Moby-Dick Chapter 48-54 Summary & Analysis

7. Moby-Dick Chapter 48-54 Summary & Analysis

If you are reading Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick,'' it might be tough to keep track of all the action as well as the stories that are told. In this lesson, we will take a look at chapters 48 through 54. Read on to dive in.

Moby-Dick Chapter 55-65 Summary & Analysis

8. Moby-Dick Chapter 55-65 Summary & Analysis

Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' follows the story of a captain and his crew as they hunt for a whale. If you want to an overview of chapters 55 through 65 of that story, look no further. We've got you covered.

Moby-Dick Chapter 66-73 Summary & Analysis

9. Moby-Dick Chapter 66-73 Summary & Analysis

What would you do if you were stuck on a ship with a man who talked to decapitated whales? In Chapters 66 through 73 of Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' we find out what happens with the main character as the crew gets closer to finding Moby Dick.

Moby-Dick Chapter 74-81 Summary & Analysis

10. Moby-Dick Chapter 74-81 Summary & Analysis

Ishmael provides plenty of information about the Sperm whale, even contrasting it with other types of whales. Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' becomes a scientific journal during these explanations. Fortunately, action scenes break up these academic lessons.

Moby-Dick Chapter 82-92 Summary & Analysis

11. Moby-Dick Chapter 82-92 Summary & Analysis

Moby-Dick, a classic American novel written in 1851, is the story of a sailor named Ishmael aboard Pequod, a whaling ship whose Captain Ahab is obsessively hunting a whale named Moby-Dick. Chapters 82-92 of Melville's 'Moby-Dick' cover various points, such as the parts of whales, techniques in hunting whales, whaling laws, as well as some excitement for Ishmael and the crew of the Pequod. This lesson looks at some of the key points and events.

Moby-Dick Chapter 93-101 Summary & Analysis

12. Moby-Dick Chapter 93-101 Summary & Analysis

Chapters 93-101 of Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' focus on more descriptions of whale parts and whale processing, as well as on events in the lives of key characters such as Stubb, Ahab, and Ishmael. This lesson looks at key plot points and analysis of these chapters.

Moby-Dick Chapter 102-114 Summary & Analysis

13. Moby-Dick Chapter 102-114 Summary & Analysis

In this section of 'Moby-Dick', Melville segues from Ishmael's discussion of the skeletal system of whales to an explanation about Ahab's leg. He also explores some of the novel's minor characters, their relationship with Ahab, and the role they play on the Pequod.

Moby-Dick Chapter 115-125 Summary & Analysis

14. Moby-Dick Chapter 115-125 Summary & Analysis

Herman Melville describes a number of challenges that the men of the Pequod must face in the novel ''Moby-Dick.'' However, there is one thing that frightens them more than their own superstitious beliefs, the forces of nature, or the White Whale. It is the ire of their captain, Ahab.

Moby-Dick Chapter 126-132 Summary & Analysis

15. Moby-Dick Chapter 126-132 Summary & Analysis

Herman Melville builds the tension as 'Moby Dick' nears its climax. He shows the sailors' fear. He describes the ominous signs that portend danger. Ahab even shows signs of having a heart. All of this spells doom for the crew of the Pequod.

Moby-Dick Chapter 133-135 & Epilogue Summary & Analysis

16. Moby-Dick Chapter 133-135 & Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Herman Melville concludes 'Moby Dick' in an explosive manner. It is man versus nature for the right to claim supremacy. The chase after the great white whale also brings the idea of destiny against the concept of free will.

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