"Billy Budd" By Herman Melville: Captain Vere



In the novella "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville, Captain Vere is the
“tragic hero”. he is neither good nor evil, but rather a man whose concept
of order, discipline, and legality forces him to obey the codes of an
authority higher than himself even though he may be in personal
disagreement.
Captain Vere is sailor that is distinctive even in a time of
renowned sailors. He has noble blood in him, but his advancement through
the naval ranks to that of captain is due more to his outstanding service
and personal merits than through any connections that he may have had. He
was made a post-captain because of his “gallantry in the West Indian waters
as flag-lieutenant under Rodney in that ...

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acquitting himself as an office mindful of the welfare
of his men, but never tolerating an infraction of discipline; thoroughly
versed in the science of his profession, and intrepid to the verge of
temerity, though never injudiciously so.” In fact, his downfall is
directly caused by his never tolerating an infraction of discipline.
Captain Vere instinctively disliked Claggert, a man who, for his
own reasons, falsely accuses Billy Budd of plotting a mutiny. While
meeting together, the charge would have come to naught if Billy Budd hadn't
killed Claggert by striking him in the head. After that, whether Billy was
innocent or not was no longer at question. Billy had killed a man on board
ship, and that can definitely be seen as an infraction of discipline.

Billy was put on trial, and Vere was torn between his conscience,
which told him to set Billy Budd free, and his need to uphold the law on
board ship, which by all rights meant the execution of Billy Budd. Captain
Vere, an ...

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