Study Guide

Moby-Dick Chapter 38: Dusk

By Herman Melville

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Chapter 38: Dusk

  • This chapter is Starbuck’s soliloquy.
  • Starbuck senses that, even though his soul is rebelling against Ahab’s plan for revenge, he’s going to continue supporting and helping Ahab as first mate.
  • He hopes that they won’t be able to find the whale in the vast ocean. Maybe then Ahab’s blasphemous vengeance won’t be able to happen.
  • When he hears the men partying down below, Starbuck is alarmed and disgusted by the "heathen crew" accompanying him on this voyage (38.2).
  • He feels horrified by life and hopes he can fight against the evil things he senses.

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