Billy Budd, By Herman Melville. Was Captain Vere Right?

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CaptainVere makes the right decision by executing Billy Budd. If CaptainVere lets Billylive the rest of the crew might get the impression that they will not be held accountable fortheir crimes. If the crew feels that they can get away with what ever they want then thereis a chance that they might form a rebellion and have a mutiny. A mutiny would destroythe stability and good name of the ship and the crew. Captain Vere does not want to seethis happen. There are three main reasons Captain Vere makes the right decision byexecuting Billy Budd. These reasons are that if Billy lives then a mutiny might occur,because the law states that a crime as severe as Billy's is punishable by death, and CaptainVere feels sorry for Billy and does not want Billy to suffer with guilt until a martial courtcould give a decision.If Billy is not executed then corruption might occur on the ship and cause amutiny. Captain Vere knows that a mutiny might occur and does not want it to happen.Captain Vere could possibly be using Billy's execution for his crime of killing Claggart asan example for the rest of the crew. It shows the crew what will happen to them if theytry to start a mutiny. After Billy's death CaptainVere obviously feels regret for executingBilly. Captain Vere's last words are "Billy Budd, Billy Budd" (p. 76) show an example ofthis. Those last words might symbolize that Captain Vere killed Billy for the wrongreasons. If CaptainVere uses Billy's death for an example to the rest of the crew then itmight not necessarily be the wrong reason. CaptainVere has to decide between one lifeand the lives of the entire crew. No matter what Captain Vere's reasons are he does makethe right decision.Another...

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