Moby Dick Chapters 72-78 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 72-78 Summary and Analysis

During the process of stripping the blubber from the whale, Queequeg must mount the carcass to secure the hook. For safety, he is attached to a monkey rope, a line which runs up the side of the ship and is attached to Ishmael.

Ahab orders the killing of a right whale because Fedallah has told him that a boat with a sperm whale head on one side and a right whale head on the other cannot sink.

Stubb and Flask kill a right whale. While they are towing it back to the boat, they discuss Fedallah. Stubb believes him to be the devil and suggests that Ahab has made a pact with him.

Ishmael contrasts the two whale heads now hoisted on either side of the ship. The sperm...

(The entire section is 416 words.)