However budd is soon impressed to the bellipotent

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However, Budd is soon impressed to the Bellipotent , meaning “the power of war”, and symbolically strips Budd of his freedom of sailors’ rights. This applies to the counter war against the seamen’s push for a revolution for sailor’s rights. Going back to plot, Budd, who starts out as the model sailor, has a fall from grace due to the evil of impressment and authority on the part of John Claggart purposely sabotaging him and his rights. Ultimately, this authority completely seizes Budd’s hopes for freedom at sea, and symbolically the greater movement for the free seamen, by condemning him to death by hanging. This execution now becomes a legend of sacrifice and the tragic failure of a model for sailor’s rights within a structure ruled by an impressing and powerful authority, such as the British navy. Budd’s death stands as an unfortunately dimming hope for the plight of maintaining freedom as seamen, and the ultimate conquering of the Bellipotent by the Athee (or Atheist ), signifies a loss of belief in the possibility for seamen freedom and sailor’s rights because of this omnipotent and evil authority of impressment.
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  • Spring '13
  • AdamLewis
  • Sailor, Sacrifice, Budd

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