Benito Cereno Essays

  • Chapter Summary: Benito Cereno

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    6 November 2014 POLS 263 Dr. Richardson Benito Cereno Benito Cereno is centered on Amasa Delano, a sea captain. During a voyage when he is near Chile he and his crew come into contact with the San Dominick. The San Dominick is a slave ship that has been taken over by the slaves. Delano and his crew find out that the slaves over took the boat further into the story. When Delano and his crew board the San Dominick they’re led to believe that Benito Cereno is the captain of the ship, and Babo is his

  • Importance of Setting in Benito Cereno

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    Importance of Setting in Benito Cereno Many authors of fiction works have a good reason behind setting their story in a specific place and time. In many cases, the setting is blatantly significant, giving the reader added meaning, and a greater understanding of the story in the realm of its context. I definitely found this to be true in Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, who sets his story in South America. The only representative of America is Captain Delano, a naive man that views the world

  • The Character of Captain Delano in Benito Cereno

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    The Character of Captain Delano in Benito Cereno Captain Amasa Delano is an interesting embodiment of white complacency about slavery and it's perpetuation. Delano is a human metaphor for white sentiment of the time. His deepest sensibilities of order and hierarchy make it impossible for him to see the realities of slavery. Delano's blindness to the mutiny is a metaphor for his blindness to the moral depravity of slavery. The examination of Captain Delano's views of nature, beauty, and humanity

  • Essay Comparing Heart Of Darkness And Benito Cereno By Herman Melville

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    Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Benito Cereno by Herman Melville tactfully conceal a racist and simplistic portrayal of Africa and its people through the mask of fiction. The novellas use fiction to dissuade the reader from understanding that the authors are indirectly equating Africa to anarchy and barbarism. The setting, dialogue and motifs within their stories make the extremely biased portrayal of Africa evident. Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville are often hotly debated in the subject of

  • Analysis of Critical Essays on Benito Cereno

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    Analysis of Critical Essays on Benito Cereno It is possible to divide the critics into two camps regarding Herman Melville's purpose in writing "Benito Cereno." Joseph Schiffman, Joyce Adler, and Sidney Kaplan all argue that Melville wrote the story to make a comment on slavery. On the other hand, Sandra Zagarell and Allan Emery contend that Melville goes beyond slavery and is pointing out other flaws in mid Nineteenth century American notion. "Benito Cereno" tells the story of a slave revolt

  • Reversing the Master and Slave Role in Benito Cereno

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    Reversing the Master and Slave Role in Benito Cereno White men held within an inch of death or even more tortuous fates at the hands of black slave-mutineers, kept alive solely to navigate the blacks to freedom--is this concept something so preposterous that it isn't conceivable? It depends upon whose eyes the insurrection is viewed through. In "Benito Cereno," Captain Delano's extreme naivete and desensitization towards slavery greatly affect his perceptions while aboard the San Dominick

  • Comparing the Role of the Narrator in Melville’s Benito Cereno, Henry James’ Daisy Miller and Hwang

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    Comparing the Role of the Narrator in Melville’s Benito Cereno, Henry James’ Daisy Miller and Hwang’s M. Butterfly Written stories differ in numerous ways, but most of them have one thing in common; they all have a narrator that, on either rare occasions or more regularly, help to tell the story. Sometimes, the narrator is a vital part of the story since without him or her, it would not be possible to tell the story in the same way, and sometimes, the narrator has a very small role in the story

  • Democracy in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener

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    The Oppression of Democracy Exposed in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener America has long been recognized as a democratic nation, a nation operating under the will of the people. The forefathers of America fought incessantly against British tyranny to start anew in a land of freedom and opportunity. Because America revived the ancient Greek ideology of democracy, the nation was set apart from the rest of the world and was revered for the freedom

  • Benito Cereno

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    The ignorance of Captain Delano in Benito Cereno can be accredited to his racist convictions that guide his perception of the ship’s perilous situation. However, is Delano at fault for his racism? When rethinking the racism in Benito Cereno under the context of Althusser’s theories on ideology, racism is an ideology implemented on the subject through the social institution of slavery. Delano’s actions and thoughts throughout Benito Cereno prove that his racism is a result of a socially imposed ideology

  • Benito Cereno Analysis

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    "Benito Cereno," written by Herman Melville, is a novella that portrays Melville’s views on slavery during a time of great political turmoil over the issue of slavery, (six years before the Civil War). The narrator, Amasa Delano, is the captain of a Massachusetts whaling ship called the Bachelor’s Delight. Through out the story, Melville portrays certain situations, which bring attention to the ideas of slavery, and leadership. “Benito Cereno” is a story that depicts the historical incident that

  • Miscommunication In Benito Cereno

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    Lying, deception, and miscommunication as themes within Benito Cereno and Why I live at the P.O is significantly evident throughout both narratives. Although, the methods in which fabrication is utilized varies, Stella Rondo, Babo,and Cereno do so because they figure it is in one’s best interest. In, Why I live at the P.O Stella Rondo is perceived as the favorite child and doesn't hesitate to exploit it to her convenience when it's time to face her family. Babo is as clever as someone could be and

  • Othering In Benito Cereno

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    The separation from the group has a large enough effect to cause otherness to be a major characterization of slaves in literature. Othering as a characterization normally denotes disempowerment, discrimination, and judgment. Yet, the story of Benito Cereno, where a whaling ship captain named Delano ends up finding and helping a merchant ship quell a slave rebellion, defies these conventions. Babo, the slave that starts the rebellion, highlights the subtle paradoxical nature of others leading to a

  • Use Of Religious Imagery In Herman Melville's Benito Friars

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    In Benito Cereno, Melville changes the name of a real slave ship from Tryal to San Dominick. This alteration is no coincidence. He modified the name to give a physical manifestation of Delano’s ignorance. Unlike monks who were very isolated, like Delano on his northern “pedestal,” friars went out to spread the teachings of God. Delano’s assumption that slaves lacked intellectual prowess buys into the evils of slavery and

  • Theme Of Slavery In Benito Cereno

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    In Benito Cereno, Melville is specific in his depiction and symbolism of each of the main characters. The target group of the essay was the white northerner who is generally against slavery, but does not care to take action. Captain Delano is the perfect character to represent this target group, and the story was told primarily from Delano’s perspective. It is clear throughout the story that Delano is somewhat against slavery, but does believe that blacks are of lesser intelligence and incapable

  • Perception In Benito Cereno And The Turn Of The Screw

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    Benito Cereno and The Turn of the Screw: Power and Perception Limited perception and the belief of having power play vital roles in The Turn of the Screw and Benito Cereno, as it leads to realizations that come too late, and blinded visions. The Governess and Delano see things one way and refuse to accept that reality is different than the way they choose to see it. The real power lies in those who see reality the way it is and not how they perceive it to be. The perception of oneself having power

  • Analysis Of Good And Evil In Benito Cereno

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    Good and evil are part of human nature and an individual can have different perspectives and interpretations of both. Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” attempts to portray the everlasting struggle between recognizing the evil versus the good through the characterization of the narrator, Captain Delano. He uses Delano, an innocent and optimistic person, as the narrator of this story to portray the average American who is culturally conditioned to believe that slaves can only be depicted in a nonresistant

  • Melville's Use Of Characterism In 'Benito Cereno'

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    ‘Benito Cereno’ is a fascinating story that defies simplistic attempts at interpretation. This story of cruelty and oppression perpetrated by the characters that would usually draw our sympathy is hard for modern readers to interpret. Critics have disagreed on whether this story is about racism, Old Europe succumbing to the New World, or the weaknesses of perception and understanding. Here, Melville seems to be at his most opaque. In order to guess at his central message, one must examine his strong

  • Violence In Benito Cereno By Jon Krakauer

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    society? Why must all rebellions end with loss and suffering for one side? In Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, and the poem “O captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman,

  • Captain Delano And Benito Cereno Analysis

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    interesting way of conveying his ideas about slavery into Benito Cereno. One way in which he does so is through Captain Delano. Throughout a good portion of the story Delano is incapable of discovering the truth. Most specifically, about the situation that lay in front of him on the St. Dominic. Delano cannot even conceive of the idea that the slaves on board the ship were in the driver’s seat, as far as power is concerned. For instance, after Cereno gives the background story concerning the ship, Delano

  • Racism and Slavery in Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville

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    greatly in the world of literature for his enigmatic works, such as "Bartleby the Scrivener", and "Benito Cereño". His complex plot and unique character personalities make his works both interesting and compelling. In "Benito Cereño", we are introduced to the narrator Captain Delano as he and his crew encounter the ship, the San Dominick, in need of assistance. Upon climbing aboard he meets Captain Cereño along with is crew and slaves, and is informed of their unfortunate events has left the ship without