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  1. Benito Cereno

  2. Melville’s life and career

  3. poster protesting the return of Thomas Sims

  4. “picturesque & of a profound morality” -editor who published Benito Cereno

  5. portrait of Amasa Delano

  6. further reading Amasa Delano, A Narrative of Voyages and Travels (1817) on course website Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) on google books James Wood, How Fiction Works (2008)

  7. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative

  8. Delano’s Narrative

  9. Delano’s Narrative

  10. Delano’s Narrative

  11. Delano’s Narrative

  12. Delano’s Narrative

  13. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative • Melville’s use of Delano’s Narrative decisions about content choosing protagonist

  14. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative • Melville’s use of Delano’s Narrative decisions about content choosing protagonist adding, deleting, altering details

  15. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative • Melville’s use of Delano’s Narrative decisions about content decisions about form narration focalization

  16. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative • Melville’s use of Delano’s Narrative decisions about content decisions about form narration focalization free indirect style

  17. free indirect discourse direct discourse: He looked over at his wife. “She looks so unhappy,” he thought, “almost sick.” He wondered what to say. indirect discourse: He looked at his wife. She looked so unhappy, he thought, almost sick. He wondered what to say. free indirect discourse: He looked at his wife. Yes, she was tiresomely unhappy again, almost sick. What the hell should he say?

  18. Delano on Africans “odd-looking blacks . . . those old scissors-grinders, the Ashantees. . . those bed-ridden old women, the oakum-pickers” “peculiar love of uniting industry with pleasure” “less a servant than a devoted companion” “like a shepherd’s dog” “unsophisticated as leopardesses, loving as doves”

  19. Melville’s life and career • Delano’s Narrative • Melville’s use of Delano’s Narrative decisions about content decisions about form narration court documents

  20. It is a great pity [Melville] did not work it up as a connected tale instead of putting in the dreary documents at the end.—They should have made part of the substance of the story. . . I should alter all the dreadful statistics at the end. Oh! dear, why can’t Americans write good stories. They tell good lies enough, & plenty of them.” -editor who published the novella, in a private letter to a friend