Essays Tagged: "Billy Budd"

"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville. Captain Vere as a "tragic hero" in the story.

In the novella _Billy Budd_ by Herman Melville, Captain Vere is the "tragic hero". he is neither good nor evil, but ... 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 Bil ... ome 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 ...

(2 pages) 59 0 4.0 Mar/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Hawthorne - Melville Comparitive Essay

iel Hawthorne and Herman Melville are similar because they both have pessimistic views of humanity. Billy Budd is a story about a young sailor named Billy, who doesn't fit the normal sailor stereotype ... use of his innocence and ignorance. To make matters worse, one of the corporals tells Claggart that Billy Budd was ridiculing him. Claggart takes offense at this lie and begins to watch Billy vigilant ...

(5 pages) 93 0 4.1 Mar/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, however, they immediately became unclean as well as mortal. In Billy Budd, the author, Herman Melville, presents a question that stems directly from this original ... is theme, Melville uses a few characters who are all very different, the most important of which is Billy Budd. Billy is the focal point of the book and the single person whom we are meant to learn th ...

(5 pages) 103 0 3.0 Oct/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd, by Herman Melville. Was Captain Vere Right?

CaptainVere makes the right decision by executing Billy Budd. If CaptainVere lets Billylive the rest of the crew might get the impression that they wi ... t to seethis happen. There are three main reasons Captain Vere makes the right decision byexecuting Billy Budd. These reasons are that if Billy lives then a mutiny might occur,because the law states t ... are that if Billy lives then a mutiny might occur,because the law states that a crime as severe as Billy's is punishable by death, and CaptainVere feels sorry for Billy and does not want Billy to suf ...

(2 pages) 69 0 4.0 Jan/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Melville

never received hardly anycredit for any of his works. Melville wrote such novels as Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd.Melville wrote about things that he knew about. He wrote about his own experiences.The on ... one voyage didn't no it but was tobecome the model character, for one of Melville's greatest works, Billy Budd, fifty yearslatter. Also this last voyage home was Melville's last days at sea.'Young as ...

(9 pages) 56 0 3.5 Jan/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The novel Billy Budd being compared to biblical terms.

Billy Budd by Herman Melville is a tragic tale of men at sea. Billy Budd is a innocent man aboard th ... like master-at-arms of the ship. The captain, a reasonable man, doubts Claggart's story and brings Billy in to confront Claggart. Although Captain Vere believes in Billy's innocence, naval law demand ... rt. Although Captain Vere believes in Billy's innocence, naval law demands punishment, as a result, Billy is convicted and sent to be hanged. Through out the novel, Melville uses allusions to Biblical ...

(1 pages) 61 1 3.0 Jun/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Compares justice in BILLY BUDD, and TWELVE ANGRY MEN

Changing VerdictsThe trials in both Billy Budd and Twelve Angry Men have a 'jury' of sorts, and in each story, the members of these juri ... g biased verdicts and the fact that one person changed the final verdict in both cases.The trial of Billy Budd is a quick one, but quite a lot of decision-making takes place. Three of the officers on ... are trying to come to a decision as to what should be done about the murder of Claggart. They know Billy is guilty of the crime, but are willing to acquit him on the base that Claggart had it coming ...

(2 pages) 42 0 5.0 Nov/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd by Herman Melville Examine the theme of institutional conscience versus private conscience in Billy Budd.

mbodiment was institutional conscience, or manmade laws to uphold order and justice. In the novella Billy Budd, Herman Melville presented a dilemma of private conscience and institutional conscience t ... In the civilized society created by men, institutional conscience prevails over private conscience.Billy Budd became the spoil-of-war in the conflict between institutional conscience and private cons ...

(3 pages) 56 0 5.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd An analysis of the handsome sailor and the cost of naviety.

Billy BuddByHerman MelvilleHerman Melville's, Billy Budd, is set during the 1700's a turbulent time ... me in European History. Rumors of war raging between England and France draw our "handsome sailor," Billy Budd into a web of deceit. Drafted into service for the throne of England, Billy finds himself ... ne of England, Billy finds himself fighting in a battle of emotions not weapons. A unique specimen, Billy tends to draw the crewmen to him because of his wholesome goodness - emitting from within our ...

(6 pages) 61 2 3.4 Dec/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Symbolism in American Romantic fiction.

technique and much of the symbolism can certainly be seen in such works as "The Scarlet Letter", " Billy Budd", "The Raven", and "The Fall of the House of Usher".To begin with, a wide variety of symb ... becoming a permanent resident of his home, alongside anguish and torment.Symbolism is also shown in"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville. The major theme of the novella is innocence versus evil, both of whi ...

(7 pages) 50 0 3.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd by Herman Melville - Appearance Versus Reality (thesis and first body paragraph)

A character's single mistake can lead to his ultimate downfall. In the book Billy Budd by Herman Melville, the sole mistake of the main character was his naïve nature to a ... s naïve nature to assume things to be the way they appear. The protagonist and main character, Billy mistakes his master-at-arms John Claggart, the jealous antagonist against the rise of his stat ... rms John Claggart, the jealous antagonist against the rise of his status, for a truthful man. It is Billy's childhood teachings, disregard for wise advice, and inability to uncover reality from appear ...

(1 pages) 37 0 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd - Foreshadowing

s attention, or to establish basis for plot development later on in the novel. In Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Melville uses the literary device of foreshadowing to allow the audience to be aware of ... n the novel.In chapter one, the incident with the Red Whiskers (12) functions as a foreshadowing of Billy's confrontation with Claggart. This is very similar to what happens later between John Claggar ...

(2 pages) 27 0 0.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

"When Good Men Do Nothing"- various forms of evil present in various character in the story of Billy Budd.

on and more rationality. Each type of evil mentioned earlier has its representative in the story of Billy Budd. Claggert bears malice for Billy for the sake of evil and his natural tendency to detest ... the good in order to preserve it. Both Squeak and Captain Vere could have prevented the tragedy of Billy Budd, but they failed to. They were overridden with their own forms of evil, so they did nothi ...

(6 pages) 59 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd (play)

e is not always a good thing. It could make one naive or blindto certain evils. Like in the case of Billy Budd. Billy was innocentfrom evil and therefore could not see the evil of John Claggartapproac ... d therefore could not see the evil of John Claggartapproaching him, out to destroy him. It is known Billy's innocence washis down fall by hiding the true evil from his eyes. But why was JohnClaggart o ...

(3 pages) 16 0 0.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville, comparison essay

One symbolic representation of Billy Budd is Captain Vere's death from a musket ball shot from a porthole. Captain Vere chooses law ... from a musket ball shot from a porthole. Captain Vere chooses law over emotion in the sentencing of Billy. The musket ball doesn't decide and doesn't favor whom it's going to kill. It's symbolic that ... esn't decide and doesn't favor whom it's going to kill. It's symbolic that the justice which killed Billy is the same justice which killed Vere.After Billy kills Claggart, Vere is faced with a cross-r ...

(1 pages) 14 0 0.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Study Guide for "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville

1. Using Billy Budd as an example, define the following literary terms: point of view, irony, paradox, dilemm ... s "the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning". In the beginning of the story Billy is described as an innocent, likeable, and sweet man. Towards the end of the story he is descr ... use his deathly action was unanticipated by the reader. The irony continues throughout the story as Billy Budd dies. There stands a monument at the place Billy was hanged. Billy dies in defeat, but he ...

(4 pages) 28 0 0.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd

Officer Seymour's role in Billy Bud was very significant. Seymour was able to observe two important people on this ship, Capta ... s very significant. Seymour was able to observe two important people on this ship, Captain Vere and Billy Budd."What are you going to do sir? He's a valuable man one we can hardly do with out as thing ... 57;(pg35) Seymour got to witness Captain Vere's decision making first hand. Seymour also knew about Billy's charming presence on the ship. "Aye, sir. Fine boy he's a force of order in this ship, certa ...

(2 pages) 499 0 0.0 May/2001

Subjects: Businesss Research Papers

EXISTENTIALISM AND THE DECLINE OF RELIGION AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY

eaning of life. These ideas were supported or rejected through numerous writings. Herman Melville's Billy Budd embraces God and the morals of Christianity while Mark Twain's Mysterious Stranger reflec ... nd supports the ideas of existentialism and a decline in religion in the nineteenth century.Through Billy Budd, Herman Melville expresses his disappointment with the decline of power of religion at th ...

(4 pages) 1565 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Billy Budd

In the story Billy Budd, written by Herman Melville, there is a pattern of symbolism the author is trying to conv ... e author is trying to convey. Melville notes the symbolism of "Innocence" in the character of Billy Budd, a bright-eyed, twenty-one year old sailor in the British Fleet. He notes the symbolism o ... he character John Claggert, who is the Master-at-Arms on the Bellipotent and envious and jealous of Billy Budd. Billy was a tall, athletic, and a very handsome sailor in the British fleet. He w ...

(2 pages) 14 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Billy Budd Essay

they try to capture the struggle between duty and heart in their books. A prime example of this is Billy Budd by Herman Melville. In this novel, Captain Vere was the man who found himself in a diffic ... n Vere was the man who found himself in a difficult position, where he had a hard decision to make. Billy had murdered the master-at-arms on board the ship, and so his punishment in military law was f ...

(5 pages) 26 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American