Summary of the First Chapter: First, we are introduced to the narrator, Ishmael. He lived in Manhatten and talked about various different cultures. Ishmael lives here and tells us about his life, and later on speaks about not wanting to go out to sea anytime soon. He was so interested in the docks, and the ocean, but he would have to pay to leave. He didn't wish to live because he had to pay, he wanted to just be a sailor on his own.
My Own Reaction: Al though the story had a slow start it was nice nonetheless. I love to meet new characters in stories, and this was a great time to learn about a new interesting character. I think I'd like the book, and I probably would give it a read right after To Kill A Mocking Bird. Moby Dick seems like a great story over all, "legendary" and judged by many critics. It also started using a well known legendary quote known as "Call me Ishmael" a well known quote, Moby Dick is also notorious for other well known quotes, and is one of the most talked about books in the world.
Author's Intent (Patterns of Organization): The author used sequencing of events to put everything in order, especially Ishmael's life. He narrates the story, saying things as they happen, and this is how I knew this was the pattern of organization that he used. Almost any stories that pertain to someones life have to be put in this organization pattern to allow the reader to understand the life this character lived. Authors use other things like comparison and contrasting for other texts, such as maybe comparing a house to another, with incredible detail.