Benito Cereno | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jon Hauss

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Benito Cereno.
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Critical Essay by Jon Hauss

SOURCE: “Masquerades of Language in Melville's Benito Cereno,” in Arizona Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer, 1988, pp. 5-21.

In the following essay, Hauss probes the link between language and political oppression in “Benito Cereno.”

… the principle relic of faded grandeur was the ample oval of the shield-like stern-piece, intricately carved with the arms of Castille and Leon, medallioned about by groups of mythological or symbolical devices; uppermost and central of which was a dark satyr in a mask, holding his foot on the prostrate neck of a writhing figure, likewise masked.1

This image, on the stern of the Spanish slave-ship in Melville's “Benito Cereno,” focuses the central subject of Melville's story—masquerade. At the same time, it embodies the story's central insights. Masquerades...

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