In the novel Billy Budd, Herman Melville uses biblical allusions for significance. When the Drumhead Court found Billy guilty of insubordination he was to be killed by hanging. The usual time for a hanging to take place on a ship is 4 o'clock, but in Billy's case he was hung at 8 o'clock. On the ship, they are

usually hung on the front mass, but in Billy's case he was hung on the middle mass.

When Jesus was crusified there were 3 crosses, Jesus was crusified on the middle cross. This is a direct comparison between Billy and Jesus. With this comparison he is saying that Billy is a God figure. In the Bible there was a comparison between Saul and David. Saul was the

King of Israel and David slayed Goliath. When David slayed Goliath, Saul's popularity was replaced by David's. This is the same thing that happened on the Indomitable, when Billy was impressed, Claggart's popularity was immediately

replaced by Billy. This is what started the envious acts that Claggart did to Billy.

John Claggart's initals are JC, the same as Jesus Christ. Billy Budd's initial's

are BB, the same as Bellsa Bub, the devil. This is another direct comparison

between the forces of good and evil.

In the novel Billy Budd, Herman Melville uses biblical allusions for significance. When the Drumhead Court found Billy guilty of insubordination he

was to be killed by hanging. The usual time for a hanging to take place on a ship

is 4 o'clock, but in Billy's case he was hung at 8 o'clock. On the ship, they are

usually hung on the front mass, but in Billy's case he was hung on the middle mass.

When Jesus was crusified there were 3 crosses, Jesus was crusified on the middle

cross. This is a direct comparison between Billy and Jesus. With this comparison

he is saying that Billy is a God figure.

In the Bible there was a comparison between Saul and David. Saul was the

King of Israel and David slayed Goliath. When David slayed Goliath, Saul's

popularity was replaced by David's. This is the same thing that happened on the

Indomitable, when Billy was impressed, Claggart's popularity was immediately

replaced by Billy. This is what started the envious acts that Claggart did to Billy.

John Claggart's initals are JC, the same as Jesus Christ. Billy Budd's initial's

are BB, the same as Bellsa Bub, the devil. This is another direct comparison

between the forces of good and evil.

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