Swann: I'm Confused who did it?

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"The mystery/detective story, involving as it does so clearly questions of crime and punishment, confronts questions of authority in society" (Swann 317).

I think one of the things i love most about "Benito Cerino" is that the first time you read it you arent really sure what is going on.  I like the questioning of authority in society, and that is very much what i saw when i first read the story.  How could the slaves really be in charge, not because they are unable as people, but because it seems so unusual for the type of story that i expected to read. 


Michelle Tantlinger said:

I really didn't like Swann's article because he had too many "what if's". If you look at the quote I chose he asks you to imply a lot of radical theories in order for you to get his point. But I do agree with what you say above about Benito Cereno as a story.

Jenna said:

After reading Swann's article, it made me see that we are really the detectives in the story as the narrator leaves us clues to follow.

Katie Vann said:

I really missed a lot the first time I read Benito Cereno. By the end of the first reading, I was completely sided with Delano in that the slaves were evil and needed to be captured. However, on the second reading, I realized how racist and prejudice a lot of Delano's comments and actions had been towards the slaves. At the end of the second reading, I definately wasn't biased towards either side.

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