"Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville Analytical Essay by Research Group

"Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville
This paper discusses the story and writing style in the story "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville.
# 26347 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that the story "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville is a true story, reported in a book by the real Amasa Delano. The paper author feels that the story is interesting for the way Melville shapes it so that the reader is led to see the story in one way until a single moment causes a reversal and everything is seen to be the opposite of what was before. This paper comments that Melville made careful use of language and style, but the critics were not always accepting of his work.

From the Paper:

"Captain Amasa Delano is the intelligence serving as the focus of the story in "Benito Cereno." The reader learns as the captain learns, and sometimes the reader learns faster than does the captain. The reader can see early that something is wrong on the San Dominick, but Captain Delano accepts what Benito Cereno tells him until the evidence begins to mount that something is wrong. It is not that Delano is foolish but that he is trusting, and he does not understand the nature of evil until after his experience on the San Dominick."

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