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Benito Cereno by Herman Melville In many stories, the main characters carry the storyline of a story during the book. The author often expresses the message that he desires the reader to get through their ideas and actions. However, the minor characters frequently have a large affect on the outcome of the publication, despite the fact that it is not quite as obvious to the reader. By changing the thoughts or action of the main characters, a seemingly small participant in a novel may really, in closer examination, become an important participant in the storyline. From the short narrative Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville, the minor character, Atufal, mostly influenced Captain Delano, who's a main character. Delano's evaluations and opinions aboard the Spanish boat were greatly influenced by Atufal, which therefore had a direct effect on the plot and end of this narrative. Captain Delano started to suspect that something about the boat was intermittent, and then an episode with Atufal place all of his rightful feelings to rest. Atufal, a little character in the novel, led Captain Delano to be confused concerning what was truly happening aboard the San Dominick. As Delano initially boarded the ship, he observed several incidents which didn't seem quite right. By way of example, he detected a young Negro boy hit a young white boy on the head with a knife (159), receiving no response from different folks on the ship. Because he supposed that the whites were in control of the ship, Delano thought that it was rather odd that none of those Spaniards were upset by this apology of a white boy with a Negro. Atufal was brought out to the deck of the boat in front of Benito Cereno to request his pardon. The "prisoner" Atufal refused to do so, and that he was returned into captivity. Captain Delano opinion...