Using illustrations of Moby-Dick from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and selected passages from the novel, ask your students to write a character sketch of Ahab.
Divide your students into two (or more) groups and pose some current ethical issue of debate. Have one group respond as if it were Ahab, sharing his assumptions about the universe and people; have the other group speak as Ishmael, employing his beliefs and attitudes. What are the cores of their differing perspectives? How would they each respond to one of today's ethical questions?
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