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Billy Budd is a classical tragedy novel In this novel one theme might be the corruption of innocence by society but another might be the consummate peacemaker who brings about unity of man through martyrdom The narrator never actually says his name but tells how Billy was accused of mutiny and kills Captain Claggart In turn Billy is hung and killed for alleged mutiny Billy is first take from his original ship and put on Claggarts who at first likes Billy The action starts rising the moment Claggart reports Billy to Captain Vere as a conspirator in mutiny The story reaches its climax in the confrontation between Billy and Claggart After Billys hanging the story starts to come to a close This story reminded me of the movie The Negotiator Billy is like Samuel Jackson in that they are both setup in a crime that they did not do or took any part in On the other hand they have opposites like Samuel get to go free but Billy ends up dying but he get to go back to nature that he adores so much All the action of the novel takes place aboard a British naval ship named the HMS Bellipotent during the year 1797 Although the setting is a ship the sea is greatly overlooked because the book looks inward The atmosphere of the ship stand out against the background of war and mutiny during theses timesThere are only three main characters Billy Budd John Claggart and Captain Vere The rest play some importance in the novel but not that much The narrator introduces Billy as the foretopman in the British Fleet Billy has blue eyes and a youthful figure and is the center of attention He is surrounded by flat and stereotypical characters that go about their tasks like robots A youth of outstanding beauty and sincere kindness he exhibits extreme innocence reflecting his lack of awareness that evil exists Billys only
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