O'Connell: Listen to your gut, but never trust a burp

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"Melville opens his story by setting up the expectation that the reader should be wise and discerning, able to see beyond the allegedly innocent interpretations of Delano" (O'Connell 191).

     I love the fact that throughout the story Delano notices things are out of sorts, but is unable to put his finger on the problem, and therefore brushes off his instincts.  Always listen to your gut, it is very rarely wrong, although your heart will lead you astray.  We can see this clearly in Benito Cereno, Delano hears his gut, but follows his heart, wanting to believe that the story he hears is sad but true.  I was always told that if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck...well you know the rest.

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