Billy Budd Essay - Alexis Reisinger CPAL Billy Budd Essay Law or Justice The case of Billy Budd One lie one hit and one death That was all it took to

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Alexis Reisinger CPAL Billy Budd Essay 10/18/18 Law or Justice: The case of Billy Budd One lie, one hit, and one death. That was all it took to kill the man that lived forever in his shipmates hearts. A malicious lie told by Claggart, the ship’s Master at Arms, and Billy’s inability to defend himself in any way other than with a single punch, led to the loss of Claggart’s life and Billy’s on the line. In the end, it was decided that Billy be hung. An allegation unable to be answered with words, made Billy Budd answer unjustly with his life. Billy Budd’s death sentence was not appropriate due to Billy’s disability, his case for self defense, and his lack of intent evident. From the beginning of the movie, it was made clear to viewers that Billy Budd had a disability. When he was impressed onto the ship, the crew was introduced to a stuttering Billy. This shows evidence of a known condition previous to the event at hand. When Claggart accused Billy of starting a mutiny, Billy’s disability prevented him from answering the allegations.
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