Moby Dick Chapters 36-40 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 36-40 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Pip: the cabin boy

Ahab summons all hands to the quarter-deck. He hammers a gold coin to the mast and promises it to the first man who sees the white whale “with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw.” Ahab admits that it is Moby Dick, the whale that “dismasted” him. He also admits that killing Moby Dick is the purpose of the voyage. He rallies all the men behind him; only Starbuck dissents.

Ahab gathers the crew around him, his hand upon the crossed lances of his mates. They all drink from a pewter goblet. The harpooners drink from the detached iron spears of their harpoons.

Ahab, alone in his cabin, cannot enjoy the beauty...

(The entire section is 430 words.)