Billy Bud: Foretopman
by Herman Melville

I saw "Billy Bud" on television in March 1965. It's one of the best movies ever made I think. It depicts a nearly perfect man. I was enraged to hear that in a certain English course here (Grove City College) they are reading the book Billy Bud: Foretopman by Herman Melville, and the professor reads all sorts of homosexual overtones into the story. From what I hear, this professor (probably a frustrated Freudian psychologist) interprets everything in terms of sex. It just ruins it if you think of Billy Bud that way. I've read the book too and can see no justification for it. Billy is often considered a Christ symbol, and indeed there are many similarities.

Year Read: 1963


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