The Will to Deviance
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In his novella Billy Budd, Herman Melville struggles to explain the malicious evil present in his character John Claggart—the master-at-arms who sets in motion the chain of events that ultimately destroys the innocent and beautiful Billy. Despairing of gaining understanding either through common sense or ordinary science, Melville finally lights on the concept of “natural depravity “—a concept that transcends our ordinary secular consciousness of ordinary badness and engages a perspective (one of extraordinary evil, seductive sin, and self-chosen loathsomeness) that seems mythic and theological.
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