Billy Budd | Critical Essay by Tyrus Hillway

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Billy Budd.
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Critical Essay by Tyrus Hillway

SOURCE: “Final Flowering,” in Herman Melville, Twayne Publishers, 1979, pp. 141–44.

In the following excerpt, Hillway discusses Melville's philosophical, religious, and scientific views and their impact on Billy Budd.

Billy Budd comes close to being Melville's “Everlasting Yea,” though the affirmation is oblique, not positive. In Mardi Melville considered and rejected various creeds, philosophies, and political and social theories in the search for truth; although he offered primitive Christianity as a social ideal and safe refuge for those willing to forego the quest of the absolute. Moby-Dick, while Promethean in certain respects, makes plain the folly of a stubborn defiance of man's fate. Pierre defines man's helplessness in the search for the meaning of true virtue and his inability to understand fully even himself. In Clarel the arguments for blind faith are tediously...

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This section contains 1,526 words
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Buy the Critical Essay by Joseph M. Garrison, Jr.
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