Essay On The Importance Of Redemption In Billy Bud Sailor '

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The Importance of Redemption Second Peter three nine states “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” In the book “Billy Bud Sailor” the antagonist faces a very serious question, should he speak ill of the newest addition of the ship or should he stay true to his conscience. Some reason John Claggart should have slandered Billy Bud and reaped the personal gain. Others believe John Claggart should have kept to himself. John Claggart should not have slandered Billy; Claggart should not have slandered for these three reasons; innocence lost; death ensued; chaos ruled. The crew saw an angel in Billy, but Claggart saw a demon. The first reason John Claggart should not have slandered Billy is innocence lost. Billy was in fact innocent as far as human standards go, even going as far as to help a shadowy character who requested help; these charges brought against him are false and even opposite. Claggart lied to his face and to Captain Veer. If Claggart’s blueprint was successful, Billy would expire, causing in innocence lost. The second reason John Claggart should not have slandered Billy is death ensued. Billy Bud would ultimately strike Claggart in the…show more content…
However, some would say Claggart should have slandered Billy for it provided a chance for personal gain. Claggart could achieve peace of mind knowing his enemy was dead. Billy Bud was not a good sailor. He often sidetracked the crew and sang with the sound of a child screeching. Claggart deserved to die. The reasons stated before are not even decent reasons; Claggart would only gain expiry; Billy Bud helped the crew focus and Claggart deserved a second chance. This is essential to Claggart. If he completed his plan he would never get a chance at
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