Billy Budd


To form simply one opinion or show merely one aspect of this story is naive, rude, and closed minded. How may one stick to one deli mea, moral questioning, or out-look on a book that jumps from such cases like frogs on lily pads? Just as Melville has done, I shall attempt to arrange my perception of , in a similar fashion. That is, through an unorthodox practice (that is; jumping from pt. to point), of writing an essay I shall constantly change and directions and goals of what it is I wish to state.
One may perceive the book’s structure to be loose and quite flexible; one finds that the fits and starts, and the shifting of lengths between chapters are the best way to convey the feelings/ ...

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and orderly fashion but starts out to describe at length different characters, then moves to fast actions, slows down again to a very argued trail, then draws rapidly to a close with Billy’s hanging. Even after that event, (the hanging), the book lingers on with a comment of it and ties up all loose ends (Captain Vere dieing etc…). Though this story lacks orthodox format, it coheres in a profound and moving way.
The style and point of view of can be dealt with together b/c of the strong narrative voice determines both. The narrator of the story is clearly a highly educated person with a great knowledge of mythology. Though the voice of the narrative is consistent in this novel, the point of view is constantly changing. Sometimes we are put inside the heads of the characters (he tells us Claggart’s secret thoughts about Billy, and makes us feel the anguish Captain Vere is experiencing in making his hard decision. Then again there are other times were he removes both of us (narrator, ...

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When seeing all three in the same sentence it brings one to compare and contrast. What do all three essentially have? Innocence. Furthermore, such a quality isn’t lost through yourself but through the actions of others. A Baby doesn’t grow up until his eyes are opened and he is stripped of his purity. Christ was all “good” until he was hanged a crucifix by those who opposed his beliefs- again another stripped of his goodness. Last but not least, the comparison of Billy to Adam. Adam was a man, G-d’ first creation, and therefore is seen as one of the highest levels of hollies. He did not know evil, for he was the first, but what brought about his fall was the temptation of the snake.
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