Billy Budd, Sailor | Study Guide

Herman Melville

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Captain Graveling, Chapter 1 ot that he preached to them or said or didanything in particular; but a virtue went out of him, sugaring the sour ones. Sources: New Essays on Billy Budd edited by Donald Yannella, New York Times, Reading Billy Budd by Hershel Parker Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Knowledge Represents the bigotry and pride present in Western civilization Spar Stands for the cross on which Christ was crucified Stammer Symbolizes Budd’s defenselessness and Christlike nature Symbols Billy Budd Pure, innocent, Christlike figure; can’t detect evil in others; liked by fellow sailors but hated by Claggart John Claggart Evil master-at-arms in charge of enforcing rules; full of ill will and envy that lead him to destroy Budd Captain Vere Warship captain anxious to maintain order; tries to be fair but is compromised by his strict sense of duty Main Characters Melville spent many yearsat sea, working on merchant vessels or whaling ships.As in Billy Budd, Sailor, his maritime experiences often informed his writing. His major works are stories of adventure, but they also often dealwith profound issues of the human experience. HERMAN MELVILLE1819–91 Author Captain Vere’s duty is to uphold the law, even if his conscience bothers him. Law & Conscience Loyalty and duty undermine justice as Budd, the victim, is found guilty. Loyalty & Justice Claggart’s malice leads him to falsely accuse Billy Budd of plotting mutiny. Innocence& Malice Billy Budd is a pure and innocent man impressed into service on an 18th-century British warship. Implicated in a conspiracy hatched by the ship’s hateful and envious master-at-arms, John Claggart, Budd is hanged for murder. But he lives on as a venerated icon among British sailors. Innocence,Malice &Justice at Sea THEMES English Original Language 1924 Year Published Herman Melville Author Billy Budd,Sailor Allegory Novella

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