Billy Budd (Herman Melville)

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Read the story of Billy Budd by, Herman Melville; then, answer all of the questions listed below:

  1. Billy never intended to kill Claggart. Is it fair to hold people responsible for the unforeseen consequences of their acts? Explain why or why not.
  2. Write a short defense of Captain Vere’s decision to argue for Billy’s conviction. Next, write a critique of the decision. Which do you find more convincing and why?
  3. Do you agree with Captain Vere the news of Billy’s acquittal could undermine military discipline throughout the British navy? Explain why or why not.
  4. Wouldn’t other British sailors understand that Billy Budd’s was an exceptional case? Explain why or why not.
  5. Vere distinguishes between military duty and moral duty. Should the later always take priority? Explain why or why not.

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Dmitry
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It is clear that billy never intended to kill Claggart but he had no better way to
respond to the accusations. However, I think Claggart judged billy wrongly to the extent of
accusing him of conspiracy. It is not right to hold people responsible for actions before
proving their innocence. Because people react differently to accusations especia...

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Wow this is really good.... didn't expect it. Sweet!!!!

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