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Interpretations of "Billy Budd"
A look at the various interpretations of the novel "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville.
# 120833 | 750 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper discusses why Herman Melville's novel "Billy Budd" is not an allegory. The paper examines various interpretations of the novel, from repressed homosexuality, to the conflict between good and evil, to Marx and Darwin.

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"There are many different approaches taken by literary critics to a close reading of Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" among which Eric Goldman includes the Manichean portrayal of conflict between good and evil, an illustration of the dialectical materialism of Marxism, a modern allegory of the Crucifixion and a psychodrama about repressed homosexual desire. The book has also been interpreted more recently by examining the significance of Darwinian discourse which Thomas Hove says is particularly important because the book explores a..."

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