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Billy Budd

Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

Philosophical Viewpoints Quotes Page 4

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Quote #10

[Dr. Johnson:] "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." (29.4)

These words come from Dr. Johnson. They are quoted in a newspaper article that appeared shortly after the incident on the Bellipotent. The point is that Claggart's behavior refutes the idea expressed in the quote. When you know the hypocritical nature of the article, do Claggart's actions actually support the quote? Do they give it credence in general or just in this particular instance?

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