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Billy Budd has certain superhuman qualities which allows him to posses the traits of a servant of God Billy Budd appears Christ-like because of his peace-making abilities Although he is a peacemaker whom will fight for what he believes in and to keep peace In the beginning of the novel when Red Whiskers gives Billy Budd problems he strikes him with a powerful blow and does not have any more problems with him or the crew again Melville then foreshadows how Billy will use the same tactics the next time he runs into a bully like Red Whiskers It seems ironic of the names of the ships as we go along in the story Billy Budd goes from the Rights-of-Man to Bellipotent it seems then he makes a change like a minister being ordained to a Bishop Bellipotent signifies a good ship in that belli- means kind and -potent means strong and powerful Melville seems to want his audience to think of the ships as Christ-like symbols also Billy Budd is not at the least hesitant when Lieutenant Ratcliffe wants him for service to King George Ill Billy Budd goes from a peaceful merchant ship to a ship at war full of guns and military discipline Melville is suggesting here that Billy will most like endure many problems and hardships entering this service Billy Budd acts as the foretopman on this ship which leads the audience to wonder is he doing it out of the grace of God to make a change on the ship or is he toying with fate Eventually Billy does meet an enemy John Claggart but is not fully aware of it Claggart envies Billy because he is young handsome and innocent Melville suggests Claggart represents evil the Devil and Billy represents good God This also relates to King Sauls envy of David after he creates a name for himself and threatens the king in front of his people When Squeak
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