When we are first introduced to Captain Vere, he is not the fierce, intimidating captain that one would expect, in reality he is the exact opposite. His behaviors are described as quiet, gentle and indirect. Vere was born into an aristocratic family which he, "opposed them not alone because they seemed to him insusceptible of embodiment in lasting institutions, but at war with the peace of the world and the true welfare of mankind." (page 63) He is known as "Starry Vere" because he is constantly consumed in his literature and is found daydreaming along the deck.
The more we learn about Captain Vere the more he resembles a God-like character. Besides the fact that he is the one to decide between good and evil, or Billy and Claggart, his behavior is humbling. He is in a position of high authority, yet he has a side to him that ponders and submerges into his own thoughts. He cares for mankind and rules with a sense of justice that the other men do not have.