Ch 6: Moby-Dick Symbols

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If you need to improve your understanding of symbols from Melville's ''Moby-Dick'' check out this series of fun lessons and quizzes. Access these literature study aids whenever you need to prepare for an exam, write a paper on ''Moby Dick'' or finish your English homework.

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Anyone who needs help analyzing or understanding the symbols from the novel Moby-Dick will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to analyze the book's use of symbolism. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing symbols from Moby-Dick
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  • 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.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Moby-Dick symbols for a standard literature course. The chapter analyzes symbolism related to the following objects, characters and concepts:

  • Nature
  • God
  • The Leviathan
  • The Pequod
  • Queequeg's coffin
  • Captain Ahab's peg leg
  • Starbuck

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Moby-Dick Symbols
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Moby-Dick Symbols & Meanings

1. Moby-Dick Symbols & Meanings

In this lesson, we will examine Herman Melville's use of symbolism in ''Moby-Dick''. The symbols we will review include: Father Mapple's Pulpit, the Pequod, the White Whale, and Queequeg's coffin.

Moby-Dick as a Symbol of Nature

2. Moby-Dick as a Symbol of Nature

Melville's Moby-Dick can be read in many different ways, since the White Whale can represent several different ideas. This lesson looks at how Moby-Dick can be read as symbolizing man's relationship to nature, and what this suggests about Ahab's quest.

Moby-Dick as a Symbol of God

3. Moby-Dick as a Symbol of God

Moby-Dick is one of many symbols in Herman Melville's tale that is representative of another concept. In this case, that could be God. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this potential symbolism in the novel.

Leviathan Symbolism in Moby-Dick

4. Leviathan Symbolism in Moby-Dick

Of the many ways to read Melville's 'Moby-Dick', one is to understand the White Whale as symbolic of the Leviathan, a massive sea creature described in the Bible. This lesson explores this symbolism through the analysis of relevant passages from the book.

Symbolism of the Pequod

5. Symbolism of the Pequod

What's behind the important vessel, the Pequod, in Herman Melville's ''Moby-Dick?'' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the ship that carried Ahab and his crew as well as the symbolism behind it.

Symbolism of Queequeg's Coffin

6. Symbolism of Queequeg's Coffin

When Queequeg is dying toward the end of Melville's 'Moby-Dick', he asks the carpenter to make him a coffin. When Queequeg recovers, this coffin is turned into a life-buoy, becoming a symbol of life coming out of death. This lesson discusses the coffin and its symbolism.

What does Ahab's Peg Leg Symbolize?

7. What does Ahab's Peg Leg Symbolize?

In this lesson, we dive into 'Moby-Dick' to learn the complexities of Ahab's character so that we can better understand the varied symbolisms of his peg leg.

Symbolism of Starbuck in Moby-Dick

8. Symbolism of Starbuck in Moby-Dick

Starbuck, as the first mate of the Pequod, is one of the major characters in Melville's 'Moby-Dick'. As a reasonable and religious character, he stands in stark contrast to the obsessive Captain Ahab. This lesson discusses the ways that Starbuck symbolizes the rational part of the human psyche.

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