Ch 5: Moby-Dick Literary Devices

About This Chapter

If you need a convenient way to study the literary devices that are used in ''Moby-Dick'', look no further than this literature study guide chapter. These bite-sized lessons and interactive quizzes can be used for many purposes, including test preparation, homework help and to make up for missed class time.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help analyzing the literary devices that are used in Moby-Dick will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study the novel's instances of irony, allusion, foreshadowing, figurative language and more. 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 memorizing the literary devices that are used in 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

How It Works:

  • 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 Literary Devices chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary devices from Moby-Dick for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Figurative language from the novel
  • The novel's narrator and point of view
  • Moby-Dick as an allegory and biblical illusions in the book
  • The book's hero's journey and Holy Grail quest
  • Examples of irony and foreshadowing
  • The significance of Captain Ahab's death

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Moby-Dick Literary Devices
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Figurative Language in Moby-Dick

1. Figurative Language in Moby-Dick

In this lesson, we will examine Herman Melville's use of figurative language in ''Moby-Dick,'' a novel about a whaling captain's obsession with hunting a particular whale.

Narrator & Point of View in Moby-Dick

2. Narrator & Point of View in Moby-Dick

Meet Herman Melville's narrator for 'Moby-Dick.' You may call him ~'Ishmael.~' In this lesson, you'll learn more about Ishmael's role and how his point of view shifts throughout the tale about the Pequod's journey.

Moby-Dick as an Allegory

3. Moby-Dick as an Allegory

In this lesson, you will learn about what it means when we refer to Herman Melville's novel, ''Moby-Dick,'' as an allegory and consider why some say that the novel is really about man's search for knowledge, whilst others consider it to be a comment on religion.

Moby-Dick as a Hero's Journey & Holy Grail Quest

4. Moby-Dick as a Hero's Journey & Holy Grail Quest

Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' can be understood as a hero's journey (with Ishmael operating as the hero) or as a Holy Grail quest, led by Captain Ahab. This lesson looks at evidence in the text for both of these interpretations.

Irony in Moby-Dick: Definition & Examples

5. Irony in Moby-Dick: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine some examples of verbal and situational irony from Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick,'' the epic novel of Captain Ahab's obsession with hunting an infamous whale.

Biblical Allusions & References in Moby-Dick

6. Biblical Allusions & References in Moby-Dick

In this lesson, we will describe how Herman Melville references religion by looking at some examples of allusion in ''Moby-Dick.'' We will review how characters' names, characterizations, and themes are introduced using biblical allusions.

Captain Ahab's Death in Moby-Dick

7. Captain Ahab's Death in Moby-Dick

Ahab's death in Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' fulfills the prophecy that foretold his death. His death has a larger meaning, too, in that it references the biblical Jonah's punishment for disobedience, and shows the dangers of arrogance.

Foreshadowing in Moby-Dick

8. Foreshadowing in Moby-Dick

Herman Melville uses foreshadowing extensively in his book ''Moby Dick.'' This lesson will look at why and how he uses this literary device in his classic sea adventure.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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