Benito Cereno | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Benito Cereno | Characters

Character Description
Captain Amasa Delano Captain Amasa Delano is the good-natured captain of the merchant vessel, Bachelor's Delight. He comes to the aid of the San Dominick when he sees the ship sailing strangely. Read More
Benito Cereno Benito Cereno is Spanish and the supposed captain aboard the San Dominick. To Captain Delano's eyes he appears sickly and possibly a little mentally unbalanced. Read More
Babo Babo is a black man who appears to be the loyal servant of Benito Cereno and attends him constantly. Read More
Alexandro Aranda Alexandro Aranda is the friend of Benito Cereno's who is killed before the story begins. Initially, Benito Cereno tells Captain Delano he died from fever, but his later deposition reveals he was murdered by Babo's orders.
Atufal Atufal is a coconspirator of Babo's and helps to lead the mutiny. He appears on the deck in chains while Captain Delano is present to help support the idea that Cereno is still in charge of the ship. He is an enigmatic figure in playing the part of being in chains, but he has great size and strength that make him fearsome.
Bartholomew Barlo Bartholomew Barlo is one of Captain Delano's sailors; he stabs a black man who has been captured and chained up.
Hermenegildo Gandix Hermenegildo Gandix is the young Spanish sailor who tries unsuccessfully to warn Captain Amasa Delano that all is not as it seems on the San Dominick. At the time he is referred to as "a young Spanish sailor"; Cereno refers to Gandix by name in his deposition.
Martinez Gola Martinez Gola, a sailor of Captain Delano's vessel, tries to kill a captured black man with a razor.
Don Joaquin Don Joaquin is a Spanish sailor who is accidentally killed during the American attack on the San Dominick.
Raneds Raneds is a Spanish sailor and navigator aboard the San Dominick; he is murdered during the mutiny.
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