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Billy Budds Innocence In many ways Herman Melvilles Billy Budd is a tragic story The main character William Budd has a sort of innocence about him that will prove to assist with his demise From the beginning it is fate that Billy should die subtly mentioned in the in the inner workings of the text This story can also be compared to Jesus story by way of the characters innocence and punishment Captain Vere has no choice but to execute Billy for many reasons The main character is accused of a crime that was not his and then put to death for it thereby making this a tragic story First it is important to mention the character of Captain Vere He follows the law to the very letter setting a good example for his crew Vere was always acquitting himself as an officer mindful of the welfare of his men but never tolerating an infraction of discipline 1262 While Vere likes Billy and generally thinks of him as a good person there is no way he can let Billys crime go unpunished Billy does not mean to kill Claggart and is not wrong for striking him but cannot change this afterwards Knowing that Vere will let no crime go unpunished makes it obvious that he will punish Billy as soon as he sees what he has done In the end of the story we learn that Vere has some sort of second thoughts about executing Billy because his last words before his death are Billy Budd Billy Budd 1306 Billy Budd is also a tragic story comparable to the life of Jesus Jesus was a hero who changed many lives only to die for sins that were not his much like Billy Billy is the accused leader of the mutiny and Jesus was the leader of the Jewish When Claggart informs the Captain of the false charges it enrages Billy leading him to hit and
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