"'Benito Cereno' formulates its indictment of antebellum radical ideology through first structuring identification with, or sympathy for, the character of Amasa Delano, and later exposing the terrible moral, political, and epistemological implications of a willingness to accept Delano's premises" (O'Connell 186).
This is what I mean when I read and stuff usually just flies right over my head. I understood the part where Melville was trying to make it look like the slaves were bad and the enemy, but I didn't get the part where Melville created the story to where it made Delano look bad because of what he said/thought about the blacks and some of the imagery that aided to his remarks. Like usual, I understand only part of what I am supposed to get and I'm completel oblivious to the second half. Did anyone else have the same problem or did someone else miss this too?
I also think it was interesting what O'Connell had to say about the narrator for this story: "The narrator is a shadow figure in 'Benito Cereno' who operates in the background, stirring the pot and adding murkiness that appears unnecessary to the plot (unless a crucisl plot element is seen to be the creation of confusion, not just in Delona, but in the reader as well)" (191).I really didn't completely understand this either. Does this mean alot of the information we were given throughout the story was used more as a distraction?
Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Huh?.
TrackBack URL for this entry:
~Depth~ Here are a few blogs that are a little longer and had a little more work than usual put into them. Some of them are explanations, many are questions and thoughts that I had on a particular work... Read More