Essay

Paying close attention to how the tale is narrated, discuss Melville’s “Benito Cereno” in terms of how it critiques mainstream American ideals, and also analyze how the story almost invites exactly the opposite interpretation—such as touting the virtues of American ideals, as embodied in Amasa Delano.

One source. “Benito Cereno” (2897-2962) by Herman Melville which can be found in “The Heath Anthology of American Literature” volumeB Paul Lauter