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  • Shakespeare And De Vere
    1,880 words
    In 1564, a man was born by the name of William Shakespeare. He was born to a poor family, was given little education, and had no interaction with sophisticated society. Thirty-eight plays and over 150 sonnets are not attributed to this ignorant man. Those who believe that Shakespeare was the author have no definitive proof but instead point to Hamlet's declaration: The play's the thing (Satchell 71). The true author, however, lies hidden behind he name of Shakespeare. Edward de Vere the premier ...
  • Billy's Death Captain Vere
    660 words
    Billy Budd: Was Captain Vere Right? Captain Vere makes the right decision by executing Billy Budd. IfCaptainVere lets Billy live the rest of the crew might get the impression that they will not be held accountable for their crimes. If the crew feels that they can get away with what ever they want then there is a chance that they might form a rebellion and have a mutiny. A mutiny would destroy the stability and good name of the ship and the crew. Captain Vere does not want to see this happen. The...
  • John Claggart And Captain Vere
    664 words
    Billy Budd, a 19th century novel written by Herman Melville, involves three main characters: Billy Budd, John Claggart and Captain Vere. Throughout the first nineteen chapters, Melville portrays each character with distinct personality, in which case Billy Budd is represented as the simple-minded sailor, Claggart is viewed as the villain, and Captain Vere is seen as the honorable superior of the ship. However, chapter twenty contradicts or rather morphs the earlier images of these characters. Th...
  • Reader In The Position Of Captain Vere
    523 words
    Critical Essay on Billy Budd Charles Reich's assessment of the conflict in Billy Budd focuses on the distinction between the laws of society and the laws of nature. Human law says that men are 'the sum total of their actions, and no more. ' Reich uses this as a basis for his assertion that Billy is innocent in what he is, not what he does. The point of the novel is therefore not to analyze the good and evil in Billy orClaggart, but to put the reader in the position of Captain Vere, who must inte...
  • Edward De Vere
    1,350 words
    ... first to identify the Earl of Oxford as the author of the works by William Shakespeare. From this book sparked a wildfire of debate surrounding the issue of authorship, creating passionate supporters on either side of the issue. "The Oxford ians", as de Vere's many supporters are known, have long ago established their own society and remain dedicate to the cause of proving his authorship. In 1975, the Encyclopedia Britannica (15th edition) commented that, "Edward de Vere became in the 20th c...
  • Place And Captain Vere
    492 words
    'Billy Budd' by Herman Melville: Captain VereIn the novella 'Billy Budd' by Herman Melville, Captain Vere is the "tragic hero". he is neither good nor evil, but rather a man whose concept of order, discipline, and legality forces him to obey the codes of an authority higher than himself even though he may be in personal disagreement. Captain Vere is sailor that is distinctive even in a time of renowned sailors. He has noble blood in him, but his advancement through the naval ranks to that of cap...
  • Billy And Claggart
    598 words
    Too much innocence is not always a good thing, but a little helps from doing wrong. In the case of Billy Budd, innocence was not an important factor, therefor it did not save Billy's life. His ignorance partly reflects his lack of experience. Billy can't read or write so he knows little about the world except what he has seen out at sea. He is so trusting that he can't imagine the presence of evil in anyone. This gullibility made him an easy target for Claggart, who secretly was out to destroy h...

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