CliffsNotes on Billy Budd and Typee

CliffsNotes on Billy Budd and Typee

CliffsNotes on Billy Budd and Typee

CliffsNotes on Billy Budd and Typee

Synopsis

Forty years separate the writing of these books, and Melville's moral concerns are highly visible in Billy Budd, in which a young sailor willingly accepts his punishment after accidentally killing an evil man. In Typee, Melville romanticized his own adventures as a merchant seaman on a Polynesian island. Typee is generally considered nothing more than adventure and travel writing, whereas Billy Budd is open to interpretation and is considered a much more literary work.
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