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- DescriptionThe Moral World of Billy Budd sees the vel t as inviting us to choose between the testament of acceptance and the testament of resistance, those views that, respectively, support and critique Captain Vere but rather as challenging us to experience the difficulty of making decisions in the world. The first part is devoted to an intensive examination of the evolution of the two testaments, including analyses of the three book-length studies of the vel, climaxing with Wenke's argument that the Genetic Text shows the vel's active pursuit of ambiguity. The second part analyzes the three major characters, showing how the text almost programmatically complicates each judgment of them. This dynamic is especially true of its judgments of Captain Vere, the character at the center of the critical debate. The critical focus here is on the numerous dichotomies the text uses to present Vere's character, showing how an analysis of these terms leads to a more complicated view of him than previously seen. The Moral World of Billy Budd specifically argues that these oppositions are t intended to be resolved but dissolved, to be seen, that is, as needing to be overcome and approached rather as a means of engaging in a reflection on the nature of moral judgment itself. At the same time, despite the difficulties of deciding, it is clear from the text's perspective that, like Captain Vere, the reader too must decide between the possible alternatives even though any decision reached will be overshadowed by the larger dilemma of operating in a theater beyond our grasp.
- Author BiographyRussell Weaver received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago. His first book was Questioning Keats: An Introduction to Applied Hermeneutics (Peter Lang, 2006). He is currently Professor of English at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
- Author(s)Russell Weaver
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication08/11/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies on Themes and Motifs in Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number120
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2013
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight540 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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