Billy Budd

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The Dansker Character Analysis

An old, wise sailor on the Indomitable, who had fought valiantly under Admiral Nelson. His years of experience have given him wisdom, and Billy seeks advice from him several times. He tells Billy to beware of Claggart, who is "down on" Billy, but Billy doesn't believe the Dansker. The Dansker does not otherwise intervene.
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The Dansker Character Timeline in Billy Budd

The timeline below shows where the character The Dansker appears in Billy Budd. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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...bag incorrectly. Troubled by this, Billy went to an older sailor for advice, known as the Dansker . This sailor had served under Admiral Nelson and had gotten a scar from boarding... (full context)
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Duty, Loyalty, and Camaraderie Theme Icon
When the Dansker had first seen Billy on the Indomitable, he had "a certain grim internal merriment," perhaps... (full context)
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Duty, Loyalty, and Camaraderie Theme Icon
Billy told the Dansker about his troubles with minor infractions and asked for advice. The Dansker replied by saying... (full context)
Chapter 16
Duty, Loyalty, and Camaraderie Theme Icon
...the after-guardsman, but also feared being a tattletale. One night he mentioned the event to the Dansker , but did not give all the details of the story. The Dansker saw the... (full context)
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The Dansker , though, didn't say. The narrator says that the old man's experience at sea had... (full context)