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In Henry Melvilles novel Billy Budd the protagonist Billy Budd is a young impressed sailor aboard an English Battleship Billy shows his actions toward a Christ Figure through his innocence and ignorance which he shows while interacting with Claggart the ships Master of Arms Billy shows this Christ figure in his innocence towards Claggart by not knowing why Claggart treats the crew so bad and to why there is a side to him that enjoys this cruel punishment Billy talking to Claggart says No man can take pleasure in cruelty Billy shows his innocence by how he can not judge how anyone would thrive we they are loathed by so many others like Claggart does Billy also shows a resemblance towards a Christ figure by his ignorance of what goes around him He ponders why so many people abominate Claggart Billy cant understand the meaning behind Claggart so Billy has no problem with Claggart Claggart bruptly says to Billy Is it ignorance or irony Claggart cant understand why Billy is trying to befriend him even though Claggart is despised by all the crew These actions of innocence and ignorance show Billy as a Christ Figure because he tries to befriend Claggart He cant detect the malice and deceit inside the pernicious heart of Claggart which all of his friends and shipmates can obviously see by the way he treats others Which Billy can not because of his innocence and ignorance in which he can not look past skin deep in the way he judges people This is why Billy depicts a Christ Figure he loves everyone even though they are malice
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