Billy Budd - Austin Meek ENGL 2210/Close Reading Leslie...

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1Austin Meek ENGL 2210/Close Reading Leslie Whatley 22 February 2008 Chapter One Herman Melville opens up Billy Budd describing how life was on the docks in the time before steamships. The “Handsome Sailor” is presented in Chapter One, and Melville spends a lot of the writing describing this type of man as pure “strength and beauty” (995). If a man was walking on a seaport, he would “. . . have his attention arrested . . .” (994), by this “Handsome Sailor.” This sailor would walk as if he was “the center of a company of his shipmates” (995). His shipmates would follow him as a superior specimen without showing envy but yet admiration. Melville is portraying him as a Christlike figure or maybe even Jesus himself, with the comparisons in how Jesus would draw crowds and grab the attention of anyone when he would walk through a town, and how Jesus’ disciples would not envy him, but just love and admire his greatness. We then find out about the warm “welkin eyed Billy Budd . . . ,” and how he exemplifies
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 2210 taught by Professor Horn during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.

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