Benito Creno Rhetorical Analysis
Lastly, he attempts to shed light on the fact that slavery would threaten America. As Walsh has explained, “Melville was conscious of the problems of slavery and race, employing them repeatedly in his work” (Walsh 556). He knew that these problems existed, and he wanted to begin putting a stop to them by shedding light on the truths concerning slavery.
One way in which Melville conveys his ideas about slavery is through Captain Delano. Throughout a good portion of the story, Delano is incapable of discovering the truth. Most specifically, the truth about the situation that lay in front of him on the St. Dominic. Delano cannot even conceive of the idea that the slaves on board the ship were in the driver’s seat, as far as power is concerned. For instance, after Cereno gives the background story concerning the ship, Delano claims, “the Spaniard 's manner while telling the story. There was a gloomy hesitancy and subterfuge about it” (Melville 1145). His suspicion always lies with the Spaniards. In fact, it took Delano nearly the whole story to figure out what was really going on. Even more so, it took concrete evidence of what had been going