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How is fatherhood depicted in Treasure Island in relation to Jim, Long John Silver, and Dr. Livesay?

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In the classic novel Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins and his mother find a treasure map in the sea chest of a pirate named Billy Bones. Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey determine to take a ship and find the treasure with Jim coming along in the position of cabin boy. Long John Silver, who does not at first reveal his real identity as a notorious pirate planning to mutiny and seize the treasure for himself, signs on as ship's cook.

Jim's father is alive and well at the beginning of the book when Billy Bones first arrives at the inn owned by Jim's parents. By chapter 2, though, Jim's father is ill, and in chapter 3, his father dies.

Dr. Livesey appears early on in the novel at the inn. He shows courage in standing up to the angry and aggressive Billy Bones. Later, when Jim gets the map in his possession, he wants to turn it over to Dr. Livesey and no one else. It is clear that Jim trusts the doctor. However, although the doctor is kind, courageous, and of good morals, his relationship with Jim...

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