The story is seen through the eyes of Ishmael, a sailor on the Pequod.
Ishmael arrives in New Bedford where he meets Queequeg, a harpooner from the South Pacific, who becomes his inseparable friend during the long whaling voyage.
Captain Ahab, a strange man with a peg leg, has only one purpose in life: to find and kill Moby Dick, the great white whale that had chewed off his leg years ago. Ahab’s voyage is one of revenge and, in the end, one of disaster.
A landmark of American literature, this novel touches numerous important themes such as good, evil, revenge, superstition, obsession, courage and madness.
This reader uses the expansive reading approach, where the text becomes a springboard to improve language skills and to explore historical background, cultural connections and other topics suggested by the text.