Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William McMahon, George McCelvey, Roy Miller

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


There have been a number of books and articles written about the theological underpinnings of the novel Billy Budd by Herman Melville and about the symbolic characters which he created. Several critics have brought some of this material together, but no one has really attempted to correlate the basic studies. This thesis will not only endeavor to do this, but it will add, as well, a personal interpretation of the theological content of the work.


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America