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Benito Cereno does a great job in showcasing the talent of the master, combining a sea-tale with a moving account of human souls pushed to the limits of endurance and beyond. Using a similar tehnique to Bartleby, The Scrivener, the main character is revealed indirectly, through the eyes of a benevolent witness. In this case the narrator i/5. Under the tutelage of Hawthorne, Melville developed Benito Cereno, one of his most compelling works, which Putnam's magazine ran in three installments in the October, November, and December issues in , only three years after Harriet Beecher Stowe produced Uncle Tom's Cabin, a moralistic novel which incited abolitionist sympathies throughout the United States. In "Benito Cereno," the narrator is Amasa Delano, the captain of a Massachusetts whaling ship. When the story begins, Captain Delano and his ship, the Bachelor's Delight, are anchored off the island of Santa Maria. The Delight is a sealer, or whaling ship. While anchored, the crew spots another ship coming toward the island. "Benito Cereno" is variously called a short story, a tale, and a short novel; it is thirty-four thousand words long, quite short for a novel, but too long to be conventionally designated a short story. What it lacks in length, however, it more than makes up for in depth, focus, and complexity. Introduction This is a study guide for the book Benito Cereno written by Herman Melville. Benito Cereno is a novella by Herman Melville. It was first serialized in Putnam's Monthly in and later included in slightly revised version in his collection The Piazza Tales (). Please click on the literary analysis category you wish to be displayed. Benito Cereno () - The story of an African slaver, generally thought to be the best of Melville’s shorter works. It is a parable of slavery, written at the dawn of the civil war, about a black crew’s desire for freedom. 2File Size: KB. Cereno then rather rudely begins whispering with his servant. Delano starts to become suspicious, and believes he is the subject of their conversation. He even briefly flirts with the idea that Cereno is actually some low-born adventurer masquerading as a ship captain. For many years, "Benito Cereno" was viewed as a tale about the struggle of good versus evil. According to this interpretation, the blacks aboard the San Dominickrepresent "blackness" - i.e. moral depravity - in the abstract. Benito Cereno is a novella by Herman Melville, a fictionalized account about the revolt on a Spanish slave ship captained by Don Benito Cereno, first published in three installments in Putnam's Monthly in The tale, slightly revised, was included in his short story collection The Piazza Tales that appeared in May According to scholar Merton M. Sealts Jr., the story is "an oblique. Oct 13, · Directed by Serge Roullet. With Ruy Guerra, Georges Selmark, Tamour Diop, Gino Turini. When Captain Amaso Delano approaches a three-masted ship in distress to offer his assistance, he discovers a most unusual situation: its captain, Don Benito Cereno, seems to command a very scant crew, moreover composed only of Africans. Cereno is in very bad condition and apparently survives . Benito Cereno is a compelling story about the struggle of slaves for freedom by any means necessary, including deception, deceit, cunning, and violence. Though unarmed, the slaves succeed in.