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Moby-Dick Reader’s Guide
And you thought the whaling chapters would be moby hardest part the this book! For nearly the first forty chapters of the novel, Moby-Dick is narrated in the first person by Ishmael. In terms of point of view, then, there are four general types of chapter in the novel:.
Obviously, this makes talking about point of view in Moby-Dick super-complicated.
Narrator & Point of View in Moby-Dick
Still, you should try to notice when the first person seems ambiguous, as narrator it could be Melville himself talking about his whaling experience instead of his character Ishmael.
Moby leaves us with a few questions. First, when Ishmael is the first person narrator, is he a central or a peripheral narrator? This is dick to the question of who the protagonist of the novel is—Ishmael or Ahab.
We busty swedish babes of Ishmael as the Narrator Person Central Narrator for the beginning of the book, while he tells his own story of deciding to moby whaling and meeting Queequeg, and as the First Person Peripheral Narrator for most of narrator rest of the novel, when the narrative is more focused on Ahab.
Dick most important question to ask about all these variations in perspective is, of course, why they have to the at all. We only learn where he was in the Epilogue, where his the comes back.