Unformatted text preview: malevolence that lurks in an imperfect world • the struggle of everyman against the machinery of arbitrary justice • the story of an innocent man caught up in the zeitgeist, or spirit of the times • a tragedy in which Billy Budd, flawed by a single blemish, serves as a victim caught in the finer points of law • an ironic sea tale set in a milieu of wartime violence • the author's personal protest against repression in society • a diatribe against the falseness of the Christian faith as applied to real situations Whatever pattern the reader comprehends in the story, the complexity of the interwoven characterizations of Billy, Claggart, and Vere refutes any attempt to trivialize the novel by tidy, one-dimensional analysis....
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- Fall '08
- Motif, critical controversy. Central, ironic sea tale, authoritative father figure