By Herman Melville
If Melville had by no means written Moby Dick, his position in global literature will be guaranteed by means of his brief stories. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his final paintings, is the masterpiece within which he provides the ultimate summation in his "quarrel with God." it's a wonderful learn of the tragic conflict among social authority and person freedom, human justice and summary strong. Melville additionally explores this topic in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his recognized tale a few Wall road legislation clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic—and finally disastrous—extreme; and in "Benito Cereno," his marvelous account of oppression and uprising on a nineteenth-century slave send. finishing this selection of nice stories are the eerie "The Encantados," the gorgeous, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling technological know-how fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."
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