In Herman Melvilles Benito Cereno ignorance appears to be an overwhelming theme. Although Benito Cereno holds a powerful message about slavery, this is not the major idea of the story. Ignorance is the fire that fuels slavery. During the entire story every main character displays signs of idiocy.
Importance of Setting in Benito Cereno Many authors of fiction works have a good reason behind setting their story in a specific place and time. In many cases, the setting is blatantly significant, giving the reader added meaning, and a greater understanding of the story in the realm of its context. The only representative of America is Captain Delano, a naive man that views the world. The Character of Captain Delano in Benito Cereno Captain Amasa Delano is an interesting embodiment of white complacency about slavery and it's perpetuation. Delano is a human metaphor for white sentiment of the time.
Disregarding the opposition from his crew, Captain Delano leaves his ship, Bachelor's Delight, and approaches the stranger vessel, San Dominick, via a whaleboat. On the second day of his visit one of his crewmates tells Delano that a ship is headed toward the island. This novel is filled with so much symbolism that it makes it very difficult to get a clear and succinct analysis of the novel. As one reads this novel different themes and symbols become apparent. One such theme is good vs.