s aspects like good looks, attractive voice, and sweet words attract Claggart. Generally, Claggart is “down on Billy” for a sexual relationship. Although the truth about the notion is hardly established clearly, the villainy of Claggart is evident by being a secret hostility. His attribute of masking the hostility behind what seems to be friendliness depicts a high level of hypocrisy (Melville).
Regarding the notes, the narrator uses a set of the past to depict a character withdrawn from the larger society. The narrator is hardly reliable to some extent. This happens especially because most of the story’s obvious features are ambiguous. Questions and ambiguity seem to be at every point (Lecture Notes). Billy should be perfect and un-fallen, but this is not the case. Nevertheless, Billy has beaten a sailor and Red whiskers on a previous ship. He has also killed Claggart. He further lies during his trial about knowing the plot for mutiny. Claggart is possibly acting patriotically in an attempt to save the ship. Vere seems to be a balanced character, but he covers up for Billy’s killings during the trial (Lecture Notes). The three characters depict a conflict besides the obvious conflict between the rights of the society and individual rights. Why Claggart is Down on Billy.
Lecture Notes. SparkNotes: Moby-Dick. 2014. Print.
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. Bantam Classics, 1981. Print.
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