BILLY BUDD There are many ways you can argue if the novel Billy Budd was a good novel or a bad one. You can determine this by looking at such things as plot, character, and the use of language. The book is about a sailor that has been impressed (the act of forcibly taking sailors and making them serve in the navy) by the British navy. It is set in the late 1700's during the French Revolution which overthrew the anarchy, addressed peoples concerns, and it was mainly a focus on human rights. The Revolution also influenced the way sailors thought because of the mutinies at Spit head and Nor. And due to Billy's notable qualities he became the handsome sailor (the natural leader of the crew).
Also since the British Navy needed so many people to fight with them they picked up many people making their ships crew multi cultural. But Billy went onto the ship not only to find out that his life will come to an abrupt stop. The novel appealed in many ways with both likes and dislikes. The novel was fairly good due to its plot layout. The early setting in the late 1700's, and the whole sailor aspect was good. the things that make the novel interesting is that its on a boat in the old age and if someone gets injured or something similar to that the healing process will not be as good. just knowing that can make you look at the book a whole new way because you look more for violence sometimes than peoples discussing something. The only problem was the plot was can also be a little confusing at times.
In order to enjoy the novel you really should know the parts of a boat such as the bow, stern, etcetera; just to make things less confusing and better to understand. Also it can make it more exciting because you know where they would be on the boat and you know if a person can be maybe close to falling off the boat. The plot was also interesting because you know that the people on the boat are far away from land so if anything happens such as a low supply of food then you know they most likely will not be able to get back to land to replenish their food supply. It is just mainly interesting because you know that they, for the most part; are cut off from society, because they have no way of contacting them. They did not have things like cell phones or anything then so they had to rely on each other. The novel was not so great due to some of the characters.
Mr. Claggart to be more specific. The role he played was the ships master-at-arms. But the cruel nature of the man was taken a little to far. Making you more wonder why he was yelling at some one and at some times making the book a little more confusing than it should had been.
If you have no clue why a character is yelling at another character you are more confused then anything. And when you did know what he was yelling at someone for you where still confused because the reason he was yelling at some one was probably ridiculous, instead of just. Another reason why the novel was not so good was because of the use of language. The language they used was the old English. And when they talked they basically add words that just do not need to be said. This also makes the novel more confusing because most people do not know what they are saying so it makes it hard to make out what they are talking about or what they are doing.
This makes reading the book very difficult at times because you cannot preannounce some of the words, never mind know what they mean. That can lead to practically missing some of the book in a sense which lessons your knowledge of what is happening and what will come. Also missing some of the book can lead to confusion later on in the novel if maybe they bring up that certain subject that you had difficulty reading earlier on in the book. Some people really like the book and some people despise the book. These examples above argue both sides of the table.
It was not the greatest but it also was not the worst. The examples above are more broad in a sense, but there are more in depth things that can be argued. The book had its ups and its downs but all in all it was an O.K. book..