Ishmael reveals much about himself. He arrives in
Bedford. Take notes on his reasons for
wanting to ship out and his basic morality, his personal world view, (his
philosophy of life) at this time.
What does he have to say about the differences between landsmen and
seamen? And which are you? A landsman or a seaman?
What is his attitude toward religion and spirituality? Is there a
distinction to him?
What conclusion(s) has he drawn about the ideal of the Noble Savage and
Does he seem to believe in Free Will, Fate, or a combination of the two,
such as Machiavelli supports in the closing chapter of The Prince ?
By the end of Section 1, does he seem to take a particular philosophical
stance, or is it too early to determine?
special note of the chapters entitled, The Pulpit and The
Sermon. What is the preacher's lesson?
*The Chapel is still active today in New Bedford. Read
about it and see pictures
here-- Scroll down to see the inside of
the chapel. Compare the actual look of it with Melville's description.