Benito Cereno Response

Benito Cereno Response - Jessica Granger CLAS 320 gm...

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Jessica Granger CLAS 320 gm Section 19833 3/5/09 Response Paper Benito Cerino In 1798, a slave by the name of Toussaint L’Ouverture led a successful slave rebellion, which led to the formation of the Haitian Republic. When Melville published his short story, Benito Cerino , in 1855, people knew and feared the success of L’Ouverture, especially with the increasing importation of slaves and the significant presence of Catholics in the Americas- all of whom were willing to educate slave children. This fear however, was manifested differently in Melville’s telling of the story of Captain Delano, Benito Cereno and his ‘loyal servant,’ Babo. Rather than painting a completely sinister picture of the slaves, the blacks are represented as a race that could be just as smart, if not more intelligent than the whites in Benito Cerino . Melville’s passages are often ambiguous, and difficult to place as either patronizing of the blacks or as mocking of the racist whites. “In face, like most men of
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2009 for the course CLAS 320GM taught by Professor Richter during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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