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To form simply one opinion or show merely one aspect of this story is naive rude and closed minded How may one stick to one deli mea moral questioning or out-look on a book that jumps from such cases like frogs on lily pads Just as Melville has done I shall attempt to arrange my perception of Billy Budd in a similar fashion That is through an unorthodox practice that is jumping from pt to point of writing an essay I shall constantly change and directions and goals of what it is I wish to state One may perceive the books structure to be loose and quite flexible one finds that the fits and starts and the shifting of lengths between chapters are the best way to convey the feelings meanings of Billys story Maybe the narrator believes that Billy is true on a deeper sense in other words it corresponds to real experience Dont you yourself find that when you are trying to make a major decision or living through some crucial event your mind keeps shifting from one thing to another sometimes quickly and dramatically sometimes inventing hypothetical situations to use as comparisons or differences This is similar to the case as seen in Billy Budd The Book doesnt work in a strict and orderly fashion but starts out to describe at length different characters then moves to fast actions slows down again to a very argued trail then draws rapidly to a close with Billys hanging Even after that event the hanging the book lingers on with a comment of it and ties up all loose ends Captain Vere dieing etc Though this story lacks orthodox format it coheres in a profound and moving way The style and point of view of Billy Budd can be dealt with together bc of the strong narrative voice determines both The narrator of the story is clearly a highly educated person with a great
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