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Melville concerns himself with making a study of the defects of characters In Moby Dick each character has his own defect Starbuck is too conservative he lacks the forthrightness to execute his proper and well-developed moral principles Stubb is too indifferent to what makes itself plain to him as evil Flask lacks any moral sense and feeds on the excitements life has to offerBilly Budd centers even more clearly on the distinctive ways in which defects spoil characters as they act in the world Billy is offered as the perfect man physically and morally excepting the one defect that bridges both his inability to give voice to sudden strong heart-felt feeling Captain Vere very much like Starbuck lacks something I cant remember what now And the sneaky guy whats his name has reason and will but is morally dispicableSigns and Speech Nietzsche and the Amoral HistoricityHe too worships fire most faithful broad baronial vassal of the sun Oh that these too-favoring eyes should see these too-favoring sights Look here far water-locked beyond all hum of human weal or woe in these most candid and impartial seas where to traditions no rocks furnish tablets where for long Chinese ages the billows have still rolled on speechless and unspoken to as stars that shine upon the Nigers unknown source here too life dies sunwards full of faith but see no sooner dead than death whirls round the corpse and it heads some other way p 552Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides then all collapsed and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago p 637The sea is Death or Nothingness the sun the life-giver or Being In the context of death there can be no meaning the world is most candid and impartial with regard to it Likewise there are to traditions no rocks to
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