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Billy Budd's Influence
An analysis of the influence of Billy Budd on other members of the crew in Herman Melville's "Billy Budd".
# 127756 | 1,500 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper discusses the influence of the young, virtuous sailor Billy Budd on other members of the crew of the Bellipotent, including Captain Vere, Claggart, the Seargant-at-Arms and others. Billy's biggest influence is argued to be his ability to get experienced seamen to question their allegience to authority from a consideration of moral rightness or wrongness of an action.

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"In Herman Melville's "Billy Budd", an innocent and attractive young man is pressed into service on the Bellipotent sailing ship under the authority of Captain Vere. We are told Billy's aura of innocence and goodness is so great that upon first sight of him, Captain Vere equates him to a young Adam before the Fall. Unaware of the evil that is in some men's hearts because of his innocence and virtue, Billy is vulnerable to the hatred and envy of Claggart. Claggart's jealousy..."

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