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Billy Budd, Sailor de Herman Melville : a reescrita melviliana da tragédia
Clara Maria Sarmento
AbstractBilly Budd, Sailor is an an inside narrative because it places itself, from the title, inside an HMS man-of-war and, simultaneously, inside the human soul which sais through the seas, contradictions and incompatible instincts of mankind. With this work, Melville rewrites the eternal and universal tragedy of good and evil which fight against each other and recovers, in 19th century America, the equally eternal and universal spirit of classical tragedy. Melville founds his tragedy on a new myth, which he has recycled from the Ancients. A myth expresses the rules of conduct of a certain social or religious group. Among the Greeks, the laws of destiny, honour, moderation and obedience to the Gods. In Billy Budd, not only the laws of war and institutions, but also the laws of nature and the purest human feelings.
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