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Composed by Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) describes the story of a sailor named William "Billy" Budd who's exchanged for another sailor to function on the warship H.M.S. Bellipotent. Billy is described as the Handsome Sailor, and his innocence is exposed by his actions. But, his innocence contributes to his own ignorance when he is thought to be besides a mutiny by his own rival John Claggart, who is the master-at-arms aboard the boat. Claggart shows his offenses to Captain Edward Fairfax Vere. Unable to defend himself through words, Budd punches Claggart at the head and kills him. Captain Vere and the drumhead court, the first lieutenant, the captain of marines, along with the sailing master, subsequently decide the fate of Billy. Even though they recognize Billy's innocence, Captain Vere and the court decides that he needs to be hung for his actions. Billy Budd, Sailor ends using the hanging of the Handsome Sailor and concludes with a ballad titled "Billy in the Darbies". During the 1840s, Melville was a seaman for many retailer and whaler boats. Later, he published several books including his novel The Whale, afterwards renamed Moby Dick. After writing the novel Pierre and many short poems and stories, Melville's acclamation for a writer drastically dimenshed, and he started working at the New York Customhouse at the 1860s. After retiring from his job in the New York Customhouse, Melville began writing his poem "Billy in the Darbies," using his expertise as a seaman for foundation. When Melville read an article titled "The Mutiny of Sumers," which detained three sailors of mutiny, one of the officers who convicted them being his cousin, he chose to enlarge his poem to a lengthier prose to show the inside story o.. .