Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 41

Chapter 41 Moby Dick 

Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing.

I’m almost at the one third mark of this voyage.

Ishmael describes how Moby Dick is different from other whales in that he is ubiquitous and immortal. Moby Dick is infused with some mystic and malignant quality that invests him with agency for his assault on Ahab. The attack on Ahab and his episode of delirium is described. The crew, like Ahab, has been possessed to hunt Moby Dick, not for profit, but to exact revenge. Moby Dick is the personification of all of Ahab’s intellectual and spiritual exasperations.

…all the added moodiness…



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