Regular Nerd: That's simple! The whale is evil!
Teacher: Very good, the exact answer i was looking for! Wait, Mr. Fisher, what do you think?
Fisher: The whale symbolizes a vengeful God. This was forshadowed by the sermon on Jonah's hubris near the beginning. Ahab thought he was a modern day Jonah, and he thought he could kill God. But, his life is taken in the end because of his hubris, similar to Jonah.
Teacher: That... That's brilliant, Mr. Fisher...brilliant.
Student: Dude, you're such a nerdster!