Intellect and Force in "Benito Cereno" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Intellect and Force in "Benito Cereno"
An analysis of Herman Melville's novella, "Benito Cereno".
# 124390 | 750 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper provides an essay on Herman Melville's novella "Benito Cereno" that argues the main conflict in the story is between intellect and brute force. The essay shows how despite being loyal to Cereno and of great intellect, the servant, Babo, is treated as inferior and not a full member of the Captain's metaphorical "family."

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"Herman Melville lived a life at sea for many years claiming; "A whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard". In the novella "Benito Cereno", Melville provides a unique tale of a slave rebellion aboard a Spanish merchant ship that explains his statement. In the story, the ship's most experienced sailors have been murdered, except for Captain Don Benito Cereno, in a brutal revolt led by the captain's personal servant, Babo. We do not learn about it until an American, Amasa Delano, who while trying to..."

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