Billy Budd Chapter 25 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapter 25 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
The Chaplain: he ministers to Billy, who is awaiting execution

On the Indomitable, the uppermost deck is, for the most part, uncovered and exposed to the weather. Consequently, it is not a place where sailors go to spend their recreational time.

The starboard side of the upper gun deck is where Billy is lying, in chains, in one of the bays between the heavy guns.

The guns, carriages, and most everything else on the upper gun deck are painted black. Melville describes Billy’s appearance. His “exterior apparel, white jumper and white duck trousers,…
more or less soiled…(glimmers) like a patch of discolored snow in early...

(The entire section is 539 words.)