Billy Budd - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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The mutiny at the Nore was put down, but there was still discontent across the navy. Special measures were taken to keep the sailors under control. It was said that Nelson did much to achieve that by putting forth the effort to win them rather than to terrorize them into submission. However, anxiety did exist on many quarterdecks and precautionary vigilance was exercised to avoid a relapse.

In thinking about the setting of a story and how it affects its overall impression and meaning, it is important to look at all factors that make up the background. The physical one is, of course, extremely important in this story. A ship, especially a large one like the Bellipotent that is often at sea and isolated for long periods, is inevitably a microcosm. Life and death decisions are made without recourse to the outside world. Benevolent circumstances such, as a calm sea...

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