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Billy Budd

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By: (1819-1891)

Billy Budd by Herman Melville is a captivating and thought-provoking tale of innocence, betrayal, and justice. The story follows the young and handsome sailor Billy Budd as he joins a British naval ship and quickly becomes the favorite of his fellow sailors and officers. However, Billy's pure and naive nature soon attracts the jealousy and suspicion of the ship's master-at-arms, John Claggart.

What unfolds is a tragic and gripping narrative that explores themes of morality and authority, as Billy finds himself thrust into a treacherous situation that ultimately leads to his downfall. Melville's writing is lyrical and evocative, painting vivid and detailed portraits of life at sea and the complex dynamics of power and loyalty.

The character of Billy Budd is both enigmatic and heartbreakingly innocent, making his fate all the more poignant and devastating. Melville's exploration of the darker aspects of human nature and the complexities of justice makes this novel a timeless and powerful read that will leave a lasting impact on readers. Overall, Billy Budd is a haunting and unforgettable tale that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

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Young naive sailor Billy Budd is impressed into military service with the British navy in the 1790s, framed for conspiracy to mutiny, summarily convicted in a drum-head court martial, and hanged. Billy Budd is the final published work by Herman Melville, discovered in his personal papers three decades after his death.

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