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Billy Budd, Sailor

Herman Melville
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Themes, Motifs & Symbols Quiz

Further Study Themes, Motifs & Symbols Quiz

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Early in the novel, how does Melville symbolically introduce the theme of "individual versus society"?

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Which of the following ideals does Billy embody, which makes him vulnerable?

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What larger stock of imagery is Melville drawing from when he compares Billy to a Saint Bernard?

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In general, what larger entities do the ships in Billy Budd symbolize?

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In their divergent explanations for Billy's death, what larger beliefs do the surgeon and the purser, respectively, symbolize?