The Caine Mutiny Book Summary and Study Guide

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A new Captain (Queeg) takes over the Caine Mutiny, a shoddy, unkempt mine sweeper. As the book reaches its climax, there are many happenings under Captain Queeg which surely shows his instability.
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His attitude is, "Excellent is superior, superior is average, and there is nothing below that." Several events take place -- running over his own tow line due to an unremembered order to the helmsman; he believes that the ice cream and strawberries served were too few to have eaten all the ice cream and strawberries, and belives that one of the men had a key made to the locker. As these odd behaivors continue, three of the men on the Caine Mutiny wish to talk about their Captain's very odd behavior to the Fleet Admiral, but change their minds at the last miniute.

The major action which the book reaches toward is that Captain Queeg is relieved of command while out at sea.
The review of this Book prepared by Stephen E. Goll

Captain Queeg is a ruthless man who is obsessed with discipline. He sees himself as part of the old guard who will stop at nothing to get, or maintain their power. A dictator of his own empire: the crew members of the USS Caine, a minesweeper of sorts. Captain Queeg's irrational behavior is recorded by Lt. Steve Maryk. From mock trials, to Captain's mass, to the cover-up of mistakes during training exercises, to failure to command the minesweeper in a storm that would have led to disaster...instead led to mutiny, and a court martial of Captain Queeq. An excellent tale, never to be forgotten. A classic!
The review of this Book prepared by F. Scott Sinclair

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   sailor Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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