Moby Dick Chapters 79-81 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 79-81 Summary and Analysis

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Derrick De Deer: captain of the Jungfrau

Jungfrau (Virgin): German ship empty of whale oil

Summary
Ishmael describes the physiognomy of the whale. The sperm whale has no nose, which gives the creature an added grandeur. Its brow gives it a “high and mighty God-like dignity.” The sperm whale is a fit object for pagan worship.

The brain is encased in a skull, which when scaled down, is not unlike man’s. The whale’s hump rises over one of its largest vertebrae. This hump indicates the “indomitableness” of the sperm whale.

The next whale hunt, involving both the Jungfrau and the...

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