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On first glance Billy Budd is little more than a sea story involving a sailor wrongly accused of mutiny However upon closer examination one observes that Melvilles novel possesses a deeper significance Melville presents the protagonist Billy as a handsome young sailor Nonetheless Billy Budd can be seen as a Christ-figure through his experiences with Captain Vere Claggert and his crewmembers aboard the Bellipotent As the novel begins Melville characterizes Billy as Christ-like figure His eyes are of a blue shade that resembles the clear waters of the world The same can be seen in the eyes of Jesus Christ which were of a pure blue hue They were so pure and gentle that just the sight of his eyes mesmerized people Billys body is even Christ-like in structure as it is described as symmetrical in figure This resembles the body of Jesus as he is seen on crucifixes with a heavenly body of a muscular nature Billys face also becomes Like that of a Christ-figure while it is beamed with barbaric good humor under the hot July sky This overall appearance causes Billy to be known as the Handsome Sailor He is faultless in appearance and resembles Jesus Christ He is pure youthful and innocent complexion When Billy is confronted with Claggert a Christ-like ambiance is created In the Bible Jesus Christ is wrongly accused of subverting Jewish authority through his preaching and he is sentenced to crucifixion This resembles when Billy is accused of being the leader of a mutiny aboard the Bellipotent Claggert represents Roman authority and he is against Billys practices aboard the ship As Billy is being accused in this scene Melville describes that Billys face held an expression which was a crucifixion to beholda quote foreshadowing Billys death Both Billy and Jesus were very pure and had good intent in their lives however they were both wrongly accused of a crime and this leads to their death As
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