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In the beginning of the book Kidnapped, readers are introduced to David Balfour. He is seventeen and has been recently orphaned. Soon after, the minister gives David a letter that David's...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Two main moral values that emerge from Kidnapped are the importance of loyalty and courage. David Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart begin an unlikely friendship on board the aptly-named Covenant....

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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Alan Breck is a member of the Stewart clan. He is the perfect model of a Scottish Highlander. Fiercely independent, yet loyal to his clan, Alan shows Davie the ways of Highland culture, traditions,...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2018, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 12 of Kidnapped, Alan Breck Stewart hears the name of David's old friend, Mr. Campbell, the minister, and immediately grows angry, crying out that he hates everyone with the name of...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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The protagonist and narrator of the novel, David Balfour, receives a letter from a minister, Mr. Campbell, along with an instruction to travel to the House of Shaws. David is informed that this...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 14 of Kidnapped, David is stranded on a small island. He describes this as "the most unhappy part of my adventures" and thinks he is likely to die of cold. He is even afraid to sit down...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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On the face of it, it's amazing that David and Alan should be friends at all, given their huge political differences. Yet somehow they're drawn together, sticking with each other through thick and...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 9:46 am (UTC)

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Kidnapped is an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, published in 1886. The term hero, when applied in a literary context, refers to the protagonist or main character of a narrative. In this...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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Good question! To find the answer, we can look at David's own words contained in his narrative of chapter one. They give us much insight into the reasons behind his decision to leave home. He says,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018, 9:54 pm (UTC)

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James of the Glen is a name given to James Stewart, a Scottish historical figure who was wrongly hanged for the murder of British royal agent Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure, notoriously known as...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019, 12:29 am (UTC)

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Stevenson's introduction of Alan Breck Stewart, the man with the belt of gold, is a dramatic one. The prelude is a crashing jolt to the ship and the announcement that the ship had run a boat down...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 9:15 am (UTC)

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Mr. Riach is not an uneducated man but he is relegated to the level of a ship like the Covenant because he is addicted to drink (though not to the degree that Mr. Shaun is), so he has a depth of...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 10:29 am (UTC)

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The reason the British soldiers would arrest Alan Breck Stewart involves two stories, that of English royal succession statrting with Charles I of the House of Stuart who was beheaded in the Civil...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 6:39 am (UTC)

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"History is the study of change over time. Historical fiction brings history to life by placing appealing characters in accurately described historical settings. Historical fiction is realistic...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Young David Balfour's father has recently passed away. He left his son nothing but a letter of introduction to his uncle, Ebenezer Balfour. The name Ebenezer conjures up images of the famous old...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2021, 8:19 am (UTC)

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After David and Alan victoriously defend themselves against the marauding sailors in the roundhouse, David feels morally overwhelmed by the two deaths he dealt to the attackers. Alan, a hardened...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 8:52 am (UTC)

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In chapter 2 of Kidnapped, David Balfour finally sees the house of Shaws after hearing vague and disturbing reports of it and of his Uncle Ebenezer. He is shocked to observe the grimness and...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021, 11:46 pm (UTC)

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The last we hear of Alan in Chapter XIII of Kidnapped is that the land across from where the brig is blown by the wind into a reef is the "worst possible for him ... for it was a land of the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 11:00 am (UTC)

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David Balfour was stranded for four days on the tidal islet of Earraid. In the end, his clothes were in rags and tatters, his stockings worn through so that his "shanks were bare" and his throat...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 3:30 am (UTC)

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The narrator and main hero of the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson is a teenager named David Balfour. He is the one referred to in the title, who actually gets kidnapped. After his parents...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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My plan seems to have backfired. Actually, only David is washed onto the tidal islet of Earraid. Alan is washed ashore with a group of sailors onto the mainland of Ross of Mull. When David finally...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010, 8:47 am (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson takes readers on a romp across the terrain of Scotland in Kidnapped as hero David Balfour seeks his destiny after his father's death. He travels on foot across the distance...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2010, 9:40 am (UTC)

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This is an unusual question. I've modified the language a little bit to make it more logical. The question assumes Stevenson did "create a whole world of hypocrisy in Kidnapped" though it can be...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012, 9:08 am (UTC)

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Kidnapped, an 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, tells the story of a teenaged orphan and his adventure to gain his inheritance, help and be helped by Jacobite rebels, and stay alive. A notable...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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It's a bit strange to think of a time of being kidnapped, bashed on the head, sent to sea, threatened with banishment as a slave in the Virgina Colony tobacco plantations, seeing a demented ship's...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010, 9:41 am (UTC)

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Yeah, Stevenson does a great job of layering the perceptions sight, sound and physical description David has of Ebenezer. It seems the most natural thing to have occur: David approaches from afar...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010, 8:57 am (UTC)

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Stevenson starts setting up negative connotations around Uncle Ebenezer with David's own thoughts as he approaches the Balfour manor house. David muses about how dim the lights in the windows are...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 8:14 am (UTC)

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