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Reading <em>Moby-Dick</em> at 30,000 Feet

Reading Moby-Dick at 30,000 Feet

by Tony Hoagland

Death Quotes

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Quote #4

until you had forgotten
that such a thing as doors exist. (38-39)

This seems like the worst possibility. That we could even forget there's such a thing as a way out, or another way of living in which we feel alive and connected to the world and to our emotions.

Quote #5

Better to be on board the Pequod,
with a mad one-legged captain
living for revenge. (40-42)

Even the dangers that come with having a mad captain seem to be part of the appeal of living on the whaling boat. Maybe it's like seeing the whale die in front of you: facing the threat of death by taking on a dangerous voyage might make us (our speaker supposes) feel more alive and connected. What our speaker seems to fear most is dying in that century-room, having never got out into the world.

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