Benito Cereno | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gloria Horsley-Meacham

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Benito Cereno.
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Critical Essay by Gloria Horsley-Meacham

SOURCE: “Bull of the Nile: Symbol, History, and Racial Myth in ‘Benito Cereno,’” in The New England Quarterly, Vol. LXIV, No. 2, June, 1991, pp. 225-42.

In the following essay, Horsley-Meacham argues that while “Benito Cereno” ostensibly upholds racial myths, it contains a subversively “egalitarian and humane” element.

Herman Melville seems an astute observer of African sensibilities when, in Moby Dick, his sharp-witted Daggoo inveighs against conventional associations with his color, declaring: “Who's afraid of black's afraid of me!”1 Yet, in a later work, “Benito Cereno,” a setting perfectly designed to explore Black ethos, Melville buries insight under layers of stereotypic symbol. As he “satanizes” his bondsmen, obscuring virtually every worthy trait ascribed to them...

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