Character List

John Claggart, Master-at-Arms The dark, demon-haunted weapons officer and ship’s policeman in his mid-thirties who, out of jealousy and malice, causes Billy’s execution. Claggart comes from a shady background and is possibly foreign by birth. He is not well known to the captain because he joined the crew when it […]

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About Billy Budd

Under the tutelage of Hawthorne, Melville developed the metaphysical elements of his work, often to the detriment of clarity of diction and flow of language. For example: On the starboard side of the Bellipotent’s upper gun deck, behold Billy Budd under sentry lying prone in irons in one of the […]

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