Benito Cereno | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Section 1 (Benito Cereno's Story) Captain Amasa Delano has anchored his trading ship in the harbor of a tiny deserted island off the coast of southern Chi... Read More
Section 2 (Growing Suspicion) Moved by the plight of Benito Cereno and his ship, Captain Amasa Delano offers to lend Cereno three officers to help him... Read More
Section 3 (The Boat is Sighted) Captain Amasa Delano spots his whaling ship finally returning and feels a sense of relief. The rest of the ship spots it... Read More
Section 4 (A Fair Wind) The whaling boat, named the Rover, arrives, and everyone helps unload the water casks. Captain Delano, with Cereno's gru... Read More
Section 5 (The Truth Revealed) Captain Amasa Delano gets into his whaleboat and the boat pushes off, but Benito Cereno suddenly jumps overboard into De... Read More
Section 6 (The Denouement) The two ships sail together to Chile and then to Lima, Peru. Benito Cereno is hospitalized and cared for by nurses and a... Read More
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