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Billy Budd

In society, when communicating to another person an idea which must be understood, the communicator must develop many strong points to express his/her idea.In Billy Budd, Herman Melville uses many different types of literary techniques and elements to express his idea.In Chapter 29 and "Billy in the Darbies" the power of language is communicated by the use of propaganda.
Many different literary devices are used between the two passages.One of which is the use of a hyperbole, which is defined as a deliberate exaggeration.In "Billy in the Darbies," Melville uses a symbolic hyperbole by saying "Fathoms down, fathoms down, how I'll dream fast asleep."This quote captures an image of Billy Budd's death being glorified, as though he were thrown into the sea like a piece of trash.In Chapter 29 Melville says "…Claggart, in the act of arraigning the man before the captain, was vindictively stabbed to the heart by the suddenly drawn sheath knife of Budd."The use of "vindictively stabbed" is a immense deliberate exaggeration of the truth, in fact it is a lie.Claggart was not stabbed, he was punched in the head which was what caused his death.Melville is set out to show Billy Budd as being a satanic character and Claggart as an angel of god, which is the exact oppositeThe significance of these two hyperboles is that Melville wants to create the image that Claggart is the hero and Billy Budd is the villain.
Another way authors try to communicate propaganda is by the use of irony.Irony is the difference between what might be expected and what actually occurs.The use of irony creates a twist in stories which can complicate things, and yet create a better story.In "Billy in the Darbies," no one specific quote can point out its irony.It is however the whole poem which is ironic.The poem is ironic because Billy Budd did not drown, he was hung.Thi…

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