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Is the character 'Billy Budd' a symbol for Melville himself?

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Myoho2000 Near the end of his life, Herman Melville said that he was writing a memoir. The only extended writing that was found was the manuscript for BILLY BUDD. A docent at the Melville farm in Pittsfield ('Arrowhead' - where Melville lived from about 1850 to 1861) said that it seemed plausible that the portrayal of a saintly man, misunderstood and 'done in' seems like Melville himself. She added that it was 'speculative'

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Jim B I studied this book in college 45 yrs ago, and re-read it in '09.

In college the professor said Billy was a christ figure who had to be sacrificed to maintain order despite his innocence.

BTW in 1962 Peter Ustinov wrote, directed, starred in and produced a very good movie of same name that won several oscar nominations.

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