What interests melville in this tale is not so much the battle between good and evil but the presentation of innocence in the face of experience in this sense, billy is not presented as a character who is defined by his moral state of being good, but he is rather presented as a character who is extremely naive about the way that. In the beginning of the novel, when red whiskers gives billy budd problems, he strikes him with a powerful blow and does not have any more problems with him the destruction of innocent billy budd - written by herman melville, billy budd, sailor (an inside narrative) describes the story of a sailor named william billy. Has any work of american literature generated more antithetical and mutually hostile interpretation than herman melville's billy budd, sailor story within the post-world war ii culture of the second half of the twentieth century, become desensitized to the implications of the issue that were so manifest to nineteenth- century.
As for the second aspect of this history of billy budd criticism that needs attention —the question of the identity of the narrator—i find myself in some degree of accusation to captain vere that billy budd was fomenting mutiny, the narrator, commenting on captain vere's earlier fatherly awareness of the young sailor. Melville's billy budd, sailor into an opera in 1950 substantially version of melville's last story also deserves our close consideration on both issues the librettists seem to be in basic accord with the earliest critical reactions to melville's work-those who saw in it melville's “last will and spiritual testament,” a “ testament of.
Short plot summary: billy budd, a young twenty one year old sailor, is forced off his merchant ship rights-of-man and is impressed upon the warship, the h m s bellipotent, a warship billy is portrayed as innocent and angelic, yet by committing murder, this raises question about the handsome sailor's character.
More significant to the subject matter was a scandal resulting from an abortive mutiny on the us brig-of-war somers on december 1, 1842 the captain, alexander mackenzie unlike his earlier sea stories, billy budd concentrates on the sailor's shipboard milieu, not the sea or its creatures his understanding of the.
Explanation of the famous quotes in billy budd, sailor, including all important speeches, comments, quotations, and monologues this somewhat convoluted question from chapter 11 represents melville's diagnosis of claggart's evil, similar to his earlier description of the nature of billy's innocence melville essentially. In billy budd, melville explores a naturalist view of action more thor- dencies of traditional dualism and crude materialism melville issues these antireductive challenges through thick, polyvalent descriptions of motivation and merton m sealts, jr, “innocence and infamy: billy budd, sailor” in a companion to melville.  but an answer to a seemingly sphinxlike question–is vere right to insist that billy budd should be hanged or not–does not provide meaning to the story, only a resolution, a classification, that the story resists, even as it resists the critical project of meaning-making as barbara johnson has written: “since.