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Title: John Metcalf


1
Billy Budd
By Herman Melville
  • John Metcalf

2
Herman Melville
  • Herman Melville is considered to be one of the
    best American writers of all time. His best
    novel, Moby Dick, is a masterpiece. Billy Budd
    was published after his death.

3
Summary
  • Billy Budd is about a sailor that is very strong.
    His nickname is the Handsome Sailor. When he
    comes on board he is well liked among all the
    other sailors. The Master-of-Arms Claggart, is
    the only one that doesnt like him. Once Billy
    is accused fro treason, he must defend himself.

4
Main CharactersThere is not many main characters
in the book but here are the main ones
  • Billy Budd- Handsome sailor
  • The Captain- Captain of H.M.S. Bellipotent
  • John Claggart -  The Master-of-arms
  • The Dansker- Billys friend

5
Setting
  • The book takes place on the H.M.S. Bellipotent in
    the year of 1797 in the Atlantic Ocean.

6
Theme
  • Herman Melville uses a theme Good vs. Evil in
    the book. To find out who wins the battle you
    must read the book. The ending might be
    surprising to some people.

7
Publication
  • The papers of Billy Budd was found in a tin can
    and was published in 1924!!

8
Billy Budd, beyond the book
Billy Budd has been produced into a film, opera
and a play.
9
Summary
  • Will Billy clear his name?
  • Will Claggart get punishment?
  • What will happen?

10
Why I like the Book
  • Billy Budd is a classic battle of Good vs. Evil.
    One of the greatest authors in American
    literature wrote it. Some people may find it hard
    to understand but if you read deeply into it, you
    can pick up on it easy. I think you will enjoy it
    if you like sailing and ships.

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Sources
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Budd
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