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Good and evil exist in all things whether its in the Power Rangers show we watched as a child or in Herman Melvilles novel Billy Budd Billy Budd and John Claggart are Melvilles portrayal of the opposing forces of good and evil that run throughout all aspects of human experience Billy is viewed as good and innocent and having no real character flaws except for a stutter and Claggart is an evil man who wants to watch the downfall and death of Billy Budd GB Cairds essay entitled The Truth of the Gospel can be related to Billy Budd Good and evil are two natural forces are constantly at war with each other From the beginning Billy Budd impressed his companions with the strength of his love for life When he was taken from the ship The Rights of Man Billys captain became disturbed at the thought of losing such a man saying Beg pardon but you dont understand LieutenantIt was black times I tell you aboard the Rights hereBut Billy came and it was like a Catholic priest striking peace in an Irish shindya virtue went out of him sugaring the sour ones 5 From the start we are made aware of Billys goodness his ability to bring peace to the roughest of men He is compared to a priest and is portrayed as exuding a charm which seems contagious The crew saw him as the sweet and pleasant fellow and a peacemaker 5 On his new ship Billy faces John Claggart the master-at-arms Claggart had the job of preserving order on the populous lower gun decks 20 Claggart tends to take his job too obsessively beating young sailors on any excuse even when they havent done anything wrong Melville immediately depicts a horrific picture of this man as someone with a complete need to be in control to the point where he uses punishment where none is necessary to further his sense of
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