Billy Budd | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by R. Evan Davis

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Billy Budd.
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Critical Essay by R. Evan Davis

SOURCE: “An Allegory of America in Melville's Billy Budd,” in Journal of Narrative Technique, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall, 1984, pp. 172–81.

In the following essay, Davis suggests that the character of Billy Budd can be interpreted as a representation of early America.

Understanding Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor depends, in part, on the recognition of Billy as an image of Adam, of Christ, and of several classical gods and heroes, a recognition urged by more or less explicit references in the text. The narrator also likens Billy to various animals, birds, and flowers, and all of these associations are mutually compatible, if not complementary. A similarly complementary interpretation of Billy as representing early America is not as obvious, but is, nevertheless, indicated by the narrator's portrayal of the young hero. As such, it functions...

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