Billy Budd Chapters 30-31 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 30-31 Summary and Analysis

An account of Billy’s execution appears a few weeks later in an official naval publication, but the report is full of misinformation and distortion, due, in part, to the factors of rumor and distance.

Under the heading, “News from the Mediterranean,” the report reads, in part, as follows:

“…a deplorable occurrence took place on board H.M.S. Indomitable…the ship’s master-at-arms, discovering…some sort of plot…and that the ringleader was one William Budd…in the act of arraigning the man before the Captain was vindictively stabbed to the heart by…Budd.

The deed…suggest(s) that…the assassin was no...

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