Moby Dick Chapters 32-35 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 32-35 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Dough-Boy: the cabin steward

Summary
Ishmael believes that to understand the references to whales that will follow in his narrative, it is first necessary to have some knowledge of the general classifications of whales. He defines the whale as “a spouting fish with a horizontal tail.” He then classifies whales according to size into three “books,” each with its “chapters.” The first book is made of the largest whales, such as the sperm and right whales. The second consists of middle-sized whales, such as the narwhale and killer whale. The last contains porpoises.

Ishmael then explains the hierarchy of the whale ship. The chief harpooner...

(The entire section is 478 words.)