Ch 7: Moby-Dick Characters

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Boost your knowledge of ''Moby-Dick'' characters with this series of convenient study resources. With fun lessons and quizzes, the chapter helps you review the novel's characters for exams, homework assignments, class projects, essays and more.

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  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters in Moby-Dick for a standard literature course. The lessons cover:

  • Ishmael
  • The White Whale
  • Captain Ahab and his relationships with Ishmael and the White Whale
  • Queequeg and his friendship with Ishmael
  • The harpooners Tashtego and Daggoo
  • Captain Peleg, Captain Bildad and Captain Boomer
  • Fedallah the Parsee
  • Father Mapple
  • First Mate Starbuck
  • Flask, Stubb and Pip

17 Lessons in Chapter 7: Moby-Dick Characters
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Ishmael in Moby-Dick: Character Analysis & Symbolism

1. Ishmael in Moby-Dick: Character Analysis & Symbolism

Herman Melville chooses Ishmael to narrate ''Moby-Dick,'' but why? In this lesson, you'll learn more about Ishmael's character, the role he plays and what he may represent in Melville's great whale tale.

White Whale in Moby-Dick: Symbolism, Meaning & Metaphor

2. White Whale in Moby-Dick: Symbolism, Meaning & Metaphor

The White Whale in Melville's 'Moby-Dick' has been read as a symbol and a metaphor in a variety of ways: he is seen as representing God, nature, a Biblical monster, and so on. This lesson looks at how and why the White Whale can represent so many different ideas.

Captain Ahab in Moby Dick: Character Analysis & Quotes

3. Captain Ahab in Moby Dick: Character Analysis & Quotes

This lesson explores Captain Ahab, one of the major characters in Herman Melville's novel, ''Moby-Dick.'' After a brief description of his physical appearance and traits, we will analyze a few quotes about Captain Ahab and then wrap up with a short quiz.

Ishmael & Captain Ahab: Relationship & Comparison

4. Ishmael & Captain Ahab: Relationship & Comparison

Ishmael and Captain Ahab are the two most significant characters in ''Moby-Dick'' besides the White Whales himself. This lesson looks at the relationship between these characters as well as a comparison between them.

Captain Ahab & the White Whale in Moby-Dick

5. Captain Ahab & the White Whale in Moby-Dick

The central story of 'Moby-Dick' is that of Captain Ahab and his quest for the White Whale. This lesson looks at Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of Moby Dick, as well how other characters observe this and comment on it.

Queequeg in Moby-Dick: Character Analysis & Death

6. Queequeg in Moby-Dick: Character Analysis & Death

Queequeg's character serves several purposes in Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick'. He demonstrates that despite one's appearance, people have more in common with one another than they believe. He also brings life through death.

Ishmael & Queequeg's Friendship in Moby-Dick

7. Ishmael & Queequeg's Friendship in Moby-Dick

This lesson will consider the unusual friendship between Ishmael and Queequeg in Herman Melville's 1851 novel ''Moby-Dick'' and analyze its significance.

First Mate Starbuck in Moby-Dick

8. First Mate Starbuck in Moby-Dick

This Starbuck isn't your favorite coffee house! In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics and role of Starbuck, the first mate in Herman Melville's sea tale, 'Moby-Dick'.

Stubb in Moby-Dick

9. Stubb in Moby-Dick

Have you ever met a man named Stubb? You'll know one after this lesson! In this overview, you'll learn more about the Pequod's second mate, Stubb, in Herman Melville's novel ''Moby-Dick.''

Flask in Moby-Dick

10. Flask in Moby-Dick

In this lesson, we'll examine the character of Flask in Herman Melville's famous novel 'Moby Dick' (1851), and provide an analysis on how he functions within the plot structure of the novel.

Harpooners in Moby-Dick: Tashtego & Daggoo

11. Harpooners in Moby-Dick: Tashtego & Daggoo

In this lesson we learn that in addition to being periphery characters, Tashtego and Daggoo allow the reader to understand how Melville navigated racism in 'Moby-Dick.'

Pip in Moby-Dick

12. Pip in Moby-Dick

Who is Pip in Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick''? What are some of the most important events he is involved in? If you are curious about these questions, or just want to know more about Pip, read on to get the scoop.

Fedallah the Parsee in Moby-Dick

13. Fedallah the Parsee in Moby-Dick

Fedallah is a misunderstood character in Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick'. He comes across as a demonic influence when in actuality he is a harbinger of the evil that comes from hunting Moby Dick. He prepares the way for Ahab's end.

Captain Peleg & Captain Bildad in Moby-Dick

14. Captain Peleg & Captain Bildad in Moby-Dick

Meet ''Moby-Dick's'' dynamic duo, Captains Peleg and Bildad. In this lesson, you'll learn a bit more about these characters and the roles they play in Herman Melville's story of Ahab and the great whale.

Father Mapple in Moby-Dick: Sermon & Quotes

15. Father Mapple in Moby-Dick: Sermon & Quotes

All aboard, me hearties! Let's meet Father Mapple, New Bedford's Chaplain from ''Moby-Dick.'' We will learn about the Whaleman's Chapel, the pulpit, and the significance of his sermon on Jonah and the Whale.

Captain Boomer in Moby-Dick

16. Captain Boomer in Moby-Dick

Captain Boomer in Melville's 'Moby-Dick' serves as a foil, or contrasting character, to Captain Ahab. Although both men have lost limbs to the White Whale, Ahab obsesses over revenge, whereas Boomer moves on. This lesson discusses Captain Boomer's role in the book.

Minor Characters in Moby-Dick

17. Minor Characters in Moby-Dick

Minor characters are not necessarily essential to the storyline, but help round it out for the reader. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to some of the smaller players in Melville's tale, ''Moby-Dick.''

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