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EN 110-12Draft 4.3The Honor of a ManIn both Melville’sBenito Cereno, and Conrad’sHeart of Darkness, the narrators of thestories are ships’ captains who are set out on well intentioned journeys, but are confronted withhorrific situations.Benito Cereno’s captain, Amasa Delano is a level-headed, amicable man. Heis noted as being slow to jump to conclusions. InHeart of Darkness, the protagonist is CaptainMarlow who is independent and honest, yet cynical. Both are faced with terrors throughout theirjourneys, but Delano deals with his situation more honorably than Marlow does his. However, Ibelieve Marlow to be the more admirable captain of the two.InBenitoCereno, Captain Amasa Delano comes in contact with a rundown shiptransporting slaves. It is apparent that something is not quite right, as the slaves on board havefree run of the place, the captain and sailors are scared to answer specific questions, and the slaveowner’s body is hung on the mast. It is immediately noticeable that Amasa Delano is not anassertive man when he first comes in contact with Benito Cereno. The odd interactions betweenBabo and Cereno make it evident that something fishy is going down, as do the sneaky behaviorsof the other slaves on board. Even the Spanish sailors act strangely, doing things rapidly and inhushed voices. Delano simply disregarded these actions thinking “…this is a strange craft, astrange history, too, and strange folks on board. But—nothing more” (Melville). I would like togive Delano some credit for noticing that things just were not right, but he banished the ideasmuch too quickly. When Babo takes the razor to Cereno’s face and cuts him, it becomes evenclearer that the relationships are board are not as seemingly mutual as Delano hopes. I wish he

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Term
Fall
Professor
JulieWoodling
Tags
Heart of Darkness, Benito Cereno, Captain Amasa Delano, Amasa Delano

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