“The Try-Works” is an incredibly evocative chapter of Melville’s classic Moby-Dick, and as such it is worthy of further examination. Now that you’ve re-read the chapter on your own, you are prepared to unearth some of its more hidden implications!
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THE TASK: Respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. As these responses will be used by the class to facilitate an examination of “The Try-Works,” make sure you go into as much detail as possible. Remember – with only a single chapter at hand, depth of analysis is key!
A) Record a quotation from the chapter that you find interesting, confusing, or otherwise thought-provoking.
B) Provide commentary for why you find your quotation of choice so intriguing. Does the diction employed create a particular mood? Is there any distinct imagery used? Are characters developed within the excerpt? Make sure to cite specific moments within the quotation.
C) Write at least two questions inspired by a (re)reading of “The Try-Works.” Your questions can pertain to the chapter, the novel as a whole, or even something beyond the literary realm.