The story follows the Billy Budd as he is pressed into service on the HMS Bellipotent, part of the British Navy. Melville's Billy Budd is characterized by youthful innocence, openness and natural charisma. He is adored by the crew. The story of Billy Bud reaches a turning point when a jealous crewmate falsely accuses Billy Bud of a conspiracy to mutiny. The novel is often interpreted as a classic battle between good and evil.
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