Like Charles Dickens

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Like Charles Dickens, Herman Melville typifies his characters by the selection of evocative names.  He chooses  Billy Budd  as a naive, childlike nickname for the standard English given name of  William. Likewise, Budd, suggesting an emerging flower, underscores the notion of immaturity and  innocence. His foil and nemesis,  John Claggart,  also bears a common English given name along  with the harsh, cacophonous name that typifies his role as conniving perpetrator of evil and disturber  of universal order. Rounding out the group of three major figures is  Captain Vere,  whose surname  suggests two Latin words:  verus,  which means "true," and  vir , which means "man." The conjunction  of these two denotations creates a picture of a dependable, stalwart leader. Lesser characters also bear prophetic names.  Squeak,  the diminutive, ferret-like toady who sniffs out 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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