Excerpt From A Critical Essay
On Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" -
Providing A Psychoanalytical View Of
indSome theorists have argued
perception of Vere as a man conflicted
actually places too much emphasis on the
assumptions made by the reader, and is
actually not supported by the text (Shaw 591).
Shaw argues that Captain Vere is not a good man
who is forced by his sense of duty to apply the
law and allow for the execution of Billy Budd,
but instead that Vere has underlying
psychopathological motives which drive him to
call for the execution Budd for the murder of
the evil Claggart (Shaw 591).