Fifteen year-old Harvey Cheyne is the protagonist and central character of Rudyard Kipling's 1897 novel Captains Courageous. At the beginning of the story he is marooned in Newfoundland, and is eventually discovered by the crew of a fishing vessel who take him aboard. During the course of the fishing season, Harvey must earn his keep by assisting with the ship's operations, a far cry from the privileged life he formerly knew.
At the beginning of the story, Harvey—the son of a wealthy industrialist—is spoiled, selfish, and arrogant.
As a result of Harvey's experiences working aboard the fishing vessel We're Here, however, he ends the story as a rugged, disciplined, and industrious young man who has learned and understands the value of hard work.
Harvey is a spoiled, arrogant, and self-centered young boy when the story begins. He has lived a life of privilege, and he has been conditioned to believe that his wealth and status will get him everything he wants. Harvey’s father devoted his...
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