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As portrayed in the Bible Adam and Eve were the perfect human species This was only a result because of their complete innocence God let them remain in his presence because of this reason After the devil conned them into eating fruit from the Tree of Good and Evil they became unclean In Herman Melvilles Billy Budd the question this apparent Is innocence and ignorance dominant over knowledge and powerTo emphasize the importance of this theme Melville uses the character Billy Budd Aboard the ship the Rights-of-Man Billy is a cynosure among his shipmates He also becomes a leader by setting an example by his innocent ways He is later transferred to the Indomitable After waving goodbye to his shipmates he salutes the ship saying And good-by to you too old Rights-of-Man 11 Many witnessed this event to be ungrateful to the Indomitable and his role as a member of this ship While aboard the Indomitable Billy meets up with John Claggart the master-at-arms Claggarts personality coincides with that of Billys and with the help from Dansker Billy soon realizes Billy soon realizes that Claggart is out to get him after he talks to the Dansker The old man rubbing the long slant scar at the point where it entered the thin hair laconically said Baby Budd Jemmy Legs is down on you 34 This surprised Billy because the master-at-arms had been nothing but what seemed to be nice to him Throughout the story Billy witnesses incidents and threats made by Claggart on other members of the ship This is just the start of tension between Claggart and Billy Starry Vere the captain of the ship is a man who believes the military duty of ones life must rise above the moral values And everything must be done in a procedure manner This contrasted Billys way of life in which he remains pure and quiet about the mutiny aboard shipAfter much turmoil Claggart decides to
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