The crime, if we must so call it, has happened on a man o'war, the Bellipotent
, where justice is severe and often peremptory.
, and concerns an almost impossibly innocent young man, Billy Budd, who is falsely accused of mutiny by a malevolent master-at-arms, John Claggart.
Her adept and careful reading of Melville's novella examines the "homosocial" microcosm aboard the Bellipotent
, demonstrating the power of both homophobia and the demands made upon Jim Claggart, the work's sole gay character, in regulating relationships between men.
Los hechos del caso son los siguientes: Claggart acusa en falso a Budd de estar tramando un motin en el Bellipotent
. Los motivos obedecen a una difusa relacion de envidias y a raices profundas del caracter de Claggart.
The glorious seaman Billy Budd cannot distinguish between the world of The Rights of Man, the merchant vessel from which he was impressed and the world of the Bellipotent
, the ship of war to which he was transferred.
Aangesien die manuskrip by Melville se afsterwe in 1891 nie afgerond was nie, was daar onsekerheid oor verskeie aangeleenthede--die titel van die oorspronklike verhaal was Billy Budd, foretopman en die skip waarop die verhaal afspeel, het verskillende name gehad, waaronder Bellipotent
en Indomitable (Lee, 1993:xx).
And, like the ship the Bellipotent
in Billy Budd, James's text is marked by a certain embattled sense of Englishness.
, indeed, is a veritable ark of animal metaphors; nearly every character in the novel is likened to a specific animal.
stops the Scottish merchantman The Rights of Man (the Scots were inclined to radicalism) and presses into the British Navy, the Handsome Sailor Billy Budd, a welkin-eyed innocent whose natural goodness had spread a hal-cyon calm and kindness among his roughneck shipmates.
Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" loses his wife "Faith" in a dark forest; Melville's Billy Budd is taken from his ship the Rights-of-Man to the Bellipotent
. Blending involved in planning may be pushed "backstage" and as it were papered over with realist details in the final product.
We encounter him as an agile, good-hearted Rousseauean noble savage aboard the ship named "the Rights of Man." Billy is then snatched and impressed onto a British man-of-war, the Bellipotent
, during the war between the British and the French Directory (the regime that operated in the years after the initial revolution of 1789, but before Napoleon seized power).