Billy Budd Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

Billy very soon becomes a celebrity, as well as a favorite, among the men aboard the Indomitable.

Billy Budd is a very young man, and he looks even younger than his years. His extremely youthful appearance is due largely to his facial aspect, which Melville describes as that of “a lingering adolescent.” It is Billy’s naiveté which is apparent in his face. Billy also possesses a complexion so soft that it is “all but feminine in (its natural) purity….”

After Billy is taken aboard the Indomitable, he adapts extremely well to life aboard ship, and he is liked by the crew. His striking good looks have a favorable effect upon the common sailors as well...

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