Comet, Stars, and Cynosure: Billy Budd in a Symbolist Context

Friederich, Reinhard H.
September 1982
Essays in Literature;Fall82, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p261
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article explains the symbolist context in Herman Melville's "Billy Budd." The author asserted that the story's narrative plot has been determined excessively while has been underdetermined in its meaning figures. The story was also considered a portrayal of meaningful but inconsistent ironies and ambiguities.


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