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    In her article entitled “Black Masks: Melville’s Benito Cereno”, Jean Fagan Yellin says that “when Benito Cereno, Herman Melville’s tale of slave revolt, appeared in 1855, it made use of Negro stereotypes already standard in American fiction” (Yellin 678). Captain Amasa Delano is characterized as the typical Yankee man. Yellin elaborates on this by analyzing his self-important, authoritarian persona, observing that he is “investigating the strange ship, self-righteously expounding the doctrine of

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    Benito Cereno

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    on the San Dominick through Delano suspicions after he goes on board to help them with replenishing their food and water. He notices that Cereno is uncharacteristically passive for a captain, that there are no officers on board, and that the slaves move freely on the ship and behave inappropriately towards the crew. He attributes his suspicions to Benito Cereno as a white man of the “shrewder race” (65). Once Babo’s elaborate deception is exposed, and the San Dominick is captured, Cereno’s deposition

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    Benito Cereno Analysis

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    Melville’s grey novella, “Benito Cereno”, Captain Amasa Delano observers, what appears to be, a distressed Spanish slave ship navigating into the harbor of St. Maria. Disregarding the opposition from his crew, Captain Delano leaves his ship, Bachelor's Delight, and approaches the stranger vessel, San Dominick, via a whaleboat. In addition to offering water and provisions to the vessel in distress, Captain Delano encounters—who seems to be in command of the vessel—Don Benito Cereno, and his “faithful”

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    Herman Melville’s short story “Benito Cereno” or “The Other Moby Dick” as Greg Grandin, a contributing writer for Mother Jones magazine, refers to it, is a fictionalized account of an encounter that an American ship captain and seal killer/trader by the name of Amasa Delano had in February 1805 in the South Pacific (Grandin). Delano, who was “quick to flog his men,” was “the sort of American sea captain Melville knew well and hated” (Stuckey 271). Delano chronicled his encounter in “A Narrative

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    Themes In Benito Cereno

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    Melville’s Benito Cereno starts by introducing Amasa Delano, the captain of the ship Bachelor’s Delight, who is stopping at a deserted island for temporary refuge. On the second day of his visit one of his crewmates tells Delano that a ship is headed toward the island. Delano sees that the ship’s called San Dominick, and under the name it says "Seguid vuestro jefe", which means “follow your leader.” Amasa Delano is enticed to go to the ship to see what’s happening; he meets Benito Cereno, a crazy looking

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    “Benito Cereno”, a novel written by Herman Melville, has been the topic of many debates since its publication. This novel is filled with so much symbolism that it makes it very difficult to get a clear and succinct analysis of the novel. As one reads this novel different themes and symbols become apparent. One such theme is good vs. evil. Melville utilizes color symbolism to signify that black was completely evil and white was pure good. The issue of good vs. evil is present throughout “Benito Cereno”

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    Ghostly representations of “the other” imagine a social evil that has not been put to rest. These images reoccur in the Western canon, marking the persistence of slavery long after its abolition. Haunting, ghosts and skeletons in Benito Cereno act as a vehicle through which the suppressed return to the stage with a message. The ghosts carry with them all that the imperialists wanted to control, including emotions, and more precisely, the emotions of the oppressed. I argue that ghosts and skeletons

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    mysterious novella, “Benito Cereno”, Captain Amasa Delano observes, what appears to be, a distressed Spanish slave ship navigating into the harbor of St. Maria. Disregarding the opposition from his crew, Captain Delano leaves his ship, Bachelor's Delight, and approaches the foreign vessel, San Dominick, via a whaleboat. In addition to offering water and provisions to the vessel in distress, Captain Delano encounters—who appears to be in command of the vessel—Don Benito Cereno, and his “faithful” negro

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    and inspiration for some of his novels, including several years working as a whaler and spending numerous adventures in the Pacific Islands. Hence, the sea and its environment are fundamental in the work of Melville. The origin of his novella, ‘Benito Cereno’, is a real fact collected in a chapter of A Narrative of Voyages and Travels, in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, chronicle of trips published in Boston, in 1817, by the North American captain Amasa Delano (1763-1823). As a matter of fact

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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

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