Argumentative Essay on Billy Budd

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Billy Budd

There is much to be said about innocence. If one is with innocence than one can do no
wrong. But that is not all to be said. Innocence is not always a good thing. It could make
one naive or blind to certain evils. Like in the case of Billy Budd. Billy was innocent
from evil and therefore could not see the evil of John Claggart approaching him, out to
destroy him. It is known Billy's innocence was his down fall by hiding the true evil from
his eyes. But why was John Claggart out to destroy Billy?. There are several reasons why
John Claggart attempts to destroy Billy Budd.


John Claggart wants to destroy Billy because he is extremely wary of Billy's intentions.
He has come to believe that Billy is planning a mutiny and wants to take over the ship.
Claggart reports this to captain Vere saying," During today's chase and possible encounter
I had seen enough to convince him that at least one sailor aboard was dangerous." Meaning
that he felt Billy was against them. Claggart felt that Billy's big plan was to get in
favor of all the men on the ship and then turn them against the captain. Captain Vere
responds by having Billy and Claggart meet in private where Claggart can openly accuse
Billy of this crime. Fortunately, Claggarts attempt to destroy Billy for mutiny fails
because he is struck down by Billy in one blow, ending the matter, but opening a much more
serious one.


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