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Billy Budd Teaching Unit
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- Briefly identify the following mythological figures: Achilles, Apollo, Bucephalus, Chiron, Hyperion, and Mars.
- Assume this story is a symbolic tale, paralleling the Bible story of Adam and Eve. If Billy Budd symbolically represents Adam, why do you think he is described as having a stuttering problem when he is surprised? Who do the characters Vere and Claggart represent?
- In what ways can Billy Budd be described as a Christ-like figure? What do you think is Melville’s opinion of the importance of organized religion in helping man attain eternal salvation?
- Identify the following characters in the story referred to by their nicknames. What significance does the name give the character? Board-Her-in-the-Smoke, Jemmy Legs, Handsome Sailor, squeak, Man of Sorrows, Lamb of God, Baby Budd, Starry Vere
- Why is The Rights of Man a good symbolic name for Billy’s first ship? In what ways does the name relate to Billy as an individual, to human individuality, and to the concept of war?
- Briefly define “the great mutiny.” Why do you think Melville breaks away from the story to tell the reader about this historical incident?
- In what ways can Lord Nelson and Billy Budd both be called heroic? How is Nelson’s death different from Vere’s? Do you think Melville wants Vere to be considered to be a hero, like Nelson?
- Write a character sketch of Claggart. Can he be considered a foil for Billy? What evidence is there that he is evil? Why do you think he hates Billy? What qualities make Claggart a very dangerous man to have as an enemy on a confined, isolated ship?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.