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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