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When the old sea captain first came to stay at the Admiral Benbow Inn, he was quite silent and kept to himself. Jim noticed he would scan the area regularly with his spyglass, and eventually the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 1:52 am (UTC)

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A flag of truce is a white flag used to indicate that a party in a conflict wishes to surrender. In Treasure Island, Long John Silver approaches the British fort waving a white flag, indicating...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 5:10 am (UTC)

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The Long John Silver character was such a great one that I hated to see him disappear entirely at the end. I would like to have seen Long John return in some manner--be it in America or back on...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 1:55 am (UTC)

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The main idea of Treasure Island is that while greed motivates the pirates' search for the treasure, for a young person like Jim Hawkins, who is coming of age, the journey for the treasure is the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Jim Hawkins has just come back from a reconnaissance mission and has discovered a group of drunken pirates rampaging around the beach and smashing things up. In the meantime, the other men in his...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Jim faces many struggles in Treasure Island. Some of the conflicts are emotional, like carrying on in the face of his father’s absence or dealing with the trauma of watching people die aboard the...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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The Black Spot is enough to send veteran pirate Billy Bones into a fatal downward spiral of a alcoholism. So what is it? The black spot is literally just that, a black spot. It consists of a round...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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Long John Silver is one of those rare characters in fiction who seems always to have existed and who takes on an independent life outside the books. Fiction of the nineteenth and early twentieth...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Dr. Livesey takes over as the narrator of Treasure Island from chapters 16 to 18. Before and after this, it's Jim Hawkins who tells us what's happening in the story. The change of narrator allows...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018, 8:29 am (UTC)

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At the introduction of Long John Silver's character, he is a very intimidating figure. However, he takes a liking to Jim early on. While he is an imposing force, he becomes somewhat fatherly...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Livesey is worried about fever, dysentery, and a lack of clean water. As chapter 16 opens, John Silver and the mutineers head for shore, leaving only six men on board. The captain, the doctor,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Black Dog is a pirate most characterized by his unsettling physical appearance. He is missing two fingers on his left hand and sports a remarkably pale complexion, giving off a sinister demeanor...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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After the climax, in which the pirates discover that the map did not lead them to the treasure and subsequently mutiny against the baffled Long John Silver, Treasure Island ends with the treasure...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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One of the main problems in the story is that of Jim Hawkins's adolescence. As with any young adult, Jim finds himself caught uncomfortably between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. He's...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 8:21 am (UTC)

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Because this question specifies about items taken from the chest before fleeing the inn, readers should look to chapter four. The captain has died, and nobody is willing to go back to the inn;...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019, 9:06 pm (UTC)

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Stevenson forewarns the readers that Jim's fantasies will turn tragic by using foreshadowing. A device used in literature to give hints to the reader about events that will occur later in the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 11 of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Israel Hands, Dick and Long John Silver are discussing the mutiny they are planning against Captain Smollett and those aboard the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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Jim cries at the captain's death because it is the second death he has ever known. He is still a child unaccustomed to mortality and danger, so experiencing two deaths in such a short period of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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DR. LIVESEY. The doctor dressed neatly with a powdered wig "as white as snow." He was well-mannered with "bright, black eyes" and regularly smokes a pipe. He is apparently more youthful than the...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2011, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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The primary conflict in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is a simple one: Who will get to the buried treasure first? We never fully understand why Billy Bones never attempts to return for...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010, 9:29 am (UTC)

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A spyglass was a kind of telescope used by pirates and sailors alike to spot dry land or to see any trouble that might be brewing in the distance. Such a name, then, is entirely appropriate for...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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When he discovers that the pirates have killed Alan, Tom declares that the dead man was "a true seaman" and challenges Long John Silver to kill him as well. He says that he no longer regards Silver...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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We know for sure that Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, Treasure Island, took place some time during the 18th century, though the author does not specify an exact date. In his narration,...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012, 1:46 am (UTC)

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Although it would have enhanced the story of his life and his legacy as a pirate to die a pirate's death in a hand-to-hand battle aboard ship, in search of buried treasure, or with "a knife in the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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A story's climax is a key turning point in the story and the moment in the story when the conflict is at its peak. Treasure Island has various conflicts going on, but the main conflict is centered...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 11, "What I heard in the apple barrel," Jim is hiding in the barrel when he overhears Long John Silver recruiting the crew to mutiny and become his "pirates." Silver first uses flattery,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021, 1:30 am (UTC)

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The age of Jim Hawkins is never specified in the text, but it can be assumed that he is in his early teenage years. After all, Jim is hired on the Hispaniola as a cabin boy, and the average age of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island follows the pursuit of Jim Hawkins, the son of an innkeeper, and a crew of seamen as they search for the buried treasure of the dead pirate Captain Flint....

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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The men on the hunt for the treasure are in a fight because there has been a mutiny on board the Hispaniola. The two groups are fighting because Captain Smollett and his men are trying to survive,...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 2:05 am (UTC)

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If you are asking for a thesis statement, I am assuming you are going to be writing an essay. I am going to make some suggestions for thesis statements that you could then develop into interesting...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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Billy Bones is singing a sea chanty, a rhythmic work or drinking song. In this case, it’s drunken accompaniment to his odd comings and goings. As he is a mysterious character, Jim can’t help but...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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I think there are similarities between the leadership styles. Any sea captain is going to rule both by fear and respect. There is not too much difference between the pirate and the legitimate...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012, 6:39 am (UTC)

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In Treasure Island, the first pirate to receive a "black spot" is Billy Bones. Blind Pew gives him the spot as a sign that he must share the treasure map with the other pirates, on pain of death....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2021, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Part IV refers to the first sign of mutiny aboard the Hispaniola (Chapter XVI, "Narrative Continued by the Doctor--How the Ship was Abandoned") when the pirates make their move against the men...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010, 8:51 am (UTC)

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Chapter 18 opens with both the crew and the mutineers racing toward the stockade. After a skirmish that leaves one dead on either side of the conflict, Captain Smollett and the crew occupy the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 6:03 am (UTC)

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From the beginning, Captain Smollett is suspicious the crew hired for the adventure. He appears perpetually angry to Jim Hawkins, and both Jim and the reader quickly learn this is due to the man's...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2021, 11:38 am (UTC)

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A fearsome sailor with a scar on his cheek takes up residence at the Admiral Benbow Inn, which is owned by Jim's parents. The sailor avoids company, and Jim soon understands that he is afraid of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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Jim Hawkins displays considerable bravery and maturity throughout the story, but one particularly notable example comes in Chapter 12. The good ship Hispaniola is about to reach the fabled treasure...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018, 9:28 am (UTC)

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Jim is a scrappy, tenacious character throughout the story Treasure Island. He shows many times that he is both intelligent and very cool under pressure. The first instance that shows this, which...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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There many times when Jim exhibits bravery. One example, from the beginning of the book, comes when Jim and his mother decide to search Silver's sea chest. Jim is the one who, despite "strong...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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The action-packed adventure novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson tells of the discovery of a treasure map followed by a sea voyage to a remote island holding hidden pirate treasure. The...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019, 2:18 am (UTC)

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The conflict between Captain Smollett and Squire Trelawney is found in chapter nine of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The squire has hired the captain for a treasure-seeking journey,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2013, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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Jim is watching events carefully as the ship anchors at Treasure Island. He knows that the sailors are planning to mutiny from what he has heard as well as from their complaints and attitude toward...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 28, Jim is captured by the pirates, who want to kill him for his part in thwarting their plans. Long John Silver is among them and hears Jim speak boldly, saying that if they spare his...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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In Treasure Island, Captain Billy Bones' exclamation "comes to swinging, swing all, say I" is an abbreviation of what was then a very common idiom normally in the form "to swing for something,"...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2010, 3:44 am (UTC)

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Blind Pew, the evil old pirate and dispenser of the notorious black spot, meets his unfortunate end beneath the hooves of the law officers' horses. It's somewhat appropriate that this career...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019, 7:02 am (UTC)

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The thrilling novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson tells of an adventurous voyage to a secret island with the intent of finding hidden pirate treasure. As the story begins, "the brown...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The famous adventure novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson involves the discovery of a treasure map and a voyage in search of pirate treasure. At the beginning, an old pirate arrives at...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 1:48 am (UTC)

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The hard-drinking captain Billy Bones was obviously well past his prime when he made his first appearance at the Admiral Benbow Inn. He drank rum constantly, and after his short bout with Black...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010, 4:06 am (UTC)

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Captain Smollett's ship, the Hispaniola, has been bought by Squire Trelawney for the forthcoming voyage. However, Smollett is decidedly uneasy about the whole venture. For one thing, he doesn't...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 7:19 am (UTC)

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