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One symbolic representation of Billy Budd is Captain Veres death from a musket ball shot from a porthole Captain Vere chooses law over emotion in the sentencing of Billy The musket ball doesnt decide and doesnt favor whom its going to kill Its symbolic that the justice which killed Billy is the same justice which killed Vere After Billy kills Claggart Vere is faced with a cross-road He thinks of Billy like a son Though Vere sympathizes with Billy hes pressured to follow the rules of the navy Mutiny was a popular treason among the navy and Vere wouldnt let something like that happen on his ship Hes a very strict and orderly commander In the story hes described as never tolerating an infraction of discipline Captain Veres justice is blind without emotion He doesnt show favor to Billy but strictly enforces the laws He prefers law over emotion He views emotion as a feminine trait and for him to have that would be unspeakable The musket ball kills Vere with significance It goes by the Law of Motion The first law of motion states that every bodys center of mass continues in its state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it Emotion cant break that law Justice shows no preferred persons when executing Captain Vere said With mankind forms measured forms are everything When he got hit with the musket ball it suggested that lawlessness had succeeded over law Irony shows within the story when the Frenchs ship is interpreted as the Atheist Perhaps when Vere murmurs Billys name hes regretting his decision The symbolic interpretation of Captain Veres death from a musket ball shot from a porthole is the similarity of justice being served His justice is blind as is the musket balls It is blind justice that kills him slowly while he is regretting choice
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