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  • Tension Between Claggart And Billy
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    Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were perfect. They were innocent and ignorant, yet perfect, so they were allowed to abide in the presence of God. Once they partook of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, however, they immediately became unclean as well as mortal. In Billy Budd, the author, Herman Melville, presents a question that stems directly from this original sin of our first parents: Is it better to be innocent and ignorant, but good and righteous, or is it better to be exper...
  • Billy's Goodness
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    Herman Melville's Billy Budd is a story about true goodness. It entails the conflict of good and evil, but more than that it portrays innocence in its' most purest form. Innocence is an exploitable commodity. While this is universally recognized, there are many different ways people confront it. Some people choose to embrace and protect it. While others choose to abuse it and corrupt it. Those who choose the latter are evil plain and simple. By making this choice they are reflecting not upon the...
  • Billy's Life
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    From Ancient Greek playwright, Euripides, ('To die is a debt we must all of us discharge' (Fitzhenry 122) ) to renowned Nineteenth Century poet, Emily Dickinson, ('Because I could not stop for Death / He kindly stopped for me -/ The carriage held but just ourselves / And Immortality' (Fitzhenry 126) ) the concept of death, reincarnation, rebirth, and mourning have been brooded over time and time again. And with no definite answers to life's most puzzling question of death being given, it only se...
  • Claggart And Billy
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    In the book "Billy Budd", written by Herman Melville, there are many references to the bible. Billy Budd, the main character, is portrayed as a biblical figure that is caught in the real world of war and mutiny. There are also many other different types of symbolism throughout this book. The story starts out in the eighteenth century, on the H.M. S Rights-of-Man, a British naval ship. Billy Budd is pressured into service on a warship, the H.M.S. Bellipotent and here is where his life changes for...
  • Time Billy
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    Slaughterhouse-Five By: Kurt Vonnegut Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. He came unstuck while he was in World War II and has been traveling throughout different moments of his life ever since. He has seen his birth, death, and everything in between several times. Slaughterhouse Five is the story of Billy's life, but not in order, from birth to death, because that is not how he lived it. Billy was born and grew up in Illium, New York. After high school, he went to Illium School of Optometry...
  • Billy Pilgrims Theory Regarding Death
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    Explore the use of "So it goes". Is it to be viewed as resignation to the horrors of death Is it Billy's response Vonnegut's Yours So it goes is Billy Pilgrims theory regarding death. He is simply saying that death is no big deal. Since he saw so much death in World War II, and witnessed a bombing two times as worse as Hiroshima, he deals with death much differently than others. Because of everything he has gone through, Billy has become numb to death. It has become a regular situation in his li...
  • Billy's View Of Death
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    There are events in an individual's life when they have to accept something just for what it is. As hard as it may be to swallow it, complaining or commenting on it to improve it would not be acceptable. Death, in the novel, Slaughterhouse Five, is depicted as a part of the book that the characters have to accept in order to move on with their lives. Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Slaughterhouse Five, is shown a life of acceptance with a quote about the world's conclusion, the Tralfamadori...

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