Benito Cereno | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Overview

Author

Herman Melville

Year Published

1855

Type

Novella

Genre

Adventure

Perspective and Narrator

Benito Cereno is narrated in the third person, though it adheres closely to the viewpoint of the protagonist, Captain Amasa Delano. Benito Cereno is known for being a strong early example of the unreliable narrator because the narration is so bound to Captain Amasa Delano's very limited point of view about the events of the story.

Tense

Benito Cereno is written primarily in past tense.

About the Title

Benito Cereno is the name of the captain of the San Dominick. The narrative is centered on the story of Benito Cereno's time as a hostage to mutinied slaves.

Summary

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