Moby-Dick Chapter The Forge Summary & Analysis from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotes
Moby Dick is a fictional sperm whale who is the main antagonist in Herman Melville 's novel of the same name. Melville based the fictional whale partially on a real albino whale of that period called Mocha Dick. Ahab tells the crew that the White Whale can be told because it has an unusual spout, a deformed jaw, three punctures in his right fluke and several harpoons embedded in his side from unsuccessful hunts. At the end of the novel, Moby Dick destroys the Pequod.
On Tuesday morning, Queequeg has a surprise for Ishmael. The harpooner says that his little black idol, Yojo, has informed him that Ishmael is to choose the whaling ship on which they will sail. After considering several vessels, the narrator selects the Pequod and negotiates with two of its owners, Captain Peleg and Captain Bildad, regarding enlistment and pay. The owners settle with Ishmael but are more enthusiastic about hiring Queequeg because he is an accomplished harpooner. Ahab, the ship's captain for the voyage, is not available but is briefly described.
In my travels during our recent vacation to Iowa and back, I listened to the chapters of Moby Dick. The book is a monster! What does it mean? It seems that every time a writer picks up a pen or turns on his word processor to compose a literary work of fiction, deep in his bosom resides the hope that somehow he will create the Great American Novel.