Billy Budd Chapters 6-8 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 6-8 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Captain Edward Fairfax Vere: the virtuous commander of the
Indomitable

John Claggart: master-at-arms on board the Indomitable, who has a mysterious and disreputable past

Summary
The casual observer of the crew and the activity on board the Indomitable will find little evidence of the discontent and the mutinies spoken of in previous chapters. The commissioned officers behave with equanimity toward the crew. In this they take their cue from their superior officer, Captain the Honorable Edward Fairfax Vere.

Captain Vere is a “sailor of distinction,” as well as a man of nobility. He is a conscientious...

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