I first read Moby-Dick about ten years ago to show myself I still had the attention span to read things besides comics and erotica. The details that have stuck with me for a decade are the same things that many of we book nerds could recite by heart: Captain Ahab goes on a maniacal hunt for the great white whale, and P. In other words, I loved it. Sure, Ahab is a monomaniac and whale skulls are really huge. As the pair waits around in Nantucket to board the Pequod, they share a bed at the crowded Spouter-Inn.
Click the character infographic to download. Queequeg, like his best buddy Ishmael, has a bit of the ol' wanderlust in him. And that is the inauspicious beginning of his career as a harpooneer. Unfortunately, Melville has other ideas. We first meet Queequeg along with Ishmael, when the two of them are introduced at the Spouter-Inn because they have to share a bed.
The amiable Polynesian harpooner contributes significantly to the themes of friendship and diversity in the novel. Although Queequeg is a heathen, by Christian definition, Ishmael increasingly notices the man's independent dignity, good heart, extraordinary courage, and generous spirit. Queequeg's body is covered with tattoos, and Ishmael initially assumes that the aborigine must be a cannibal. He soon learns that his new friend is one of the most civilized men that he has ever met. As Ishmael concludes, "You cannot hide the soul" Chapter
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