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Contrast Between Good and Evil in Billy Bud Since the beginning of time, there has always been a stubborn struggle between good and bad. In a specific famous novel, The Bible, the constant clash between good and evil remains evident throughout the work. In Herman Melville's book, Billy Budd, symbolism, characterization, and irony are set to use to develop the remarkable contrast between good and bad. Symbolism is utilized to directly contrast good and evil. The night before Billy's hanging, "through the rose-tan of his brow no pallor could have shown." Billy portrays an extremely pure Christ-like personality prior to his demise. His white garb, along with natural glowing of mild makes his death seem emblematic for great. Claggort "who is brow was of the kind phrenologically associated with greater than average intellect" symbolically manipulated Billy Budd as did the "wisdom of the serpent" manipulate Adam. Evil always tries to antagonize what is good. Therefore, Claggort was Billy's antagonist during Billy Budd. Also symbolic to the novel is the true demise of the two Claggort and Billy Budd. Claggort's death is extremely brief and appropriate "for his navel grade." By comparison, Billy's death happens during the dawn in which " Billy ascended; and crucially shot the full rose of the dawn." Claggort's departure completely contrasts with the real life death of Billy Budd. Billy's death is depicted as good, beating, and representational, which directly.