Following the Leader in "Benito Cereno" Analytical Essay by netzach

Following the Leader in "Benito Cereno"
An analysis of the idea of leadership and following the leader in Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno."
# 25445 | 887 words | 1 source | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes what Melville meant by promoting the message of "follow your leader" in his story, "Benito Cereno" in events which took place in 1799. It analyzes literal and figurative interpretations of this saying. The paper also deals with the concept of leadership in general and how it applies to the story.

From the Paper:

"A skillful author produces great literature by virtue of the fact that his or her writings can be understood and appreciated on many different levels. There is always the most basic level, the surface level in which the straightforward plot details are outlined and the message that is imparted is for the most part clear and non-debatable. A more experienced reader or critic knows that an appreciation for literature requires an expenditure of a certain degree of effort on the part of the reader himself in an attempt to attain the subtler messages that underlie the author's surface intentions. Most meaningful fiction is structured in such a way that with each new discovery or layer that is uncovered, one unearths a new meaning or reading. It is also necessary that the reader be cognizant of the fact that authors do not write in a vacuum. As removed as the author may be from society, society manages to seep in because of its overpowering pervasiveness and influence upon the author's sensibilities and outlook on life. For instance, authors have the ability to utilize their texts as social commentary and satire, and many often do. Herman Melville's Benito Cereno describes an account of a tale that took place in 1799, but certain aspects of the story, particularly the aspects regarding leadership, reflect attitudes of 1855 and the events that occurred during that period of time."

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