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Billy Budd There is a lot to be said about innocence If one is with innocence than one can so no wrong but that isnt all Innocence is not always a good thing It can make a person nave or blind to certain or all evils which would seem as if they were blind from the world This is the prime example of our friend Billy Budd He was innocent and unaware and heedless of the evil that was Claggart approaching him ready to destroy him like the devil waiting to feed off a dead carcass and take the soul to eternal damnation It is known that Billys naivet was his own downfall by shielding his precious eyes Yes Billy was innocent of evil but that very ingenuousness what one might call a precious blessing only given to a child was a key and lock to Billys crucifixion Too much innocence isnt always a good thing and Billys example is one of too much of a good thing because if were NOT as innocent lets pretend he would have been even the least bit apprehensive to the evil that Claggart kept throwing right at Billys face He would have kept his distance and not let him even get within his comfort zone with a 5o foot stickBeing that Melville chose BB to be the symbol of Christ good and Claggart the symbol of the Devil bad its is easy then to pick out our tragic hero and of course what makes our tragic hero But of course his tragic flaw and with Billy his flaw is his innocence It seems as if Billy just doesnt get it and you want to reach in the book and strangle him for it Q He cant retain information learned or even heard and he seems as if he were a child trapped in an older body He cant express himself as a child often cannot and does so
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