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Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island heavily inspired almost every single high-seas or pirate-themed work of fiction that followed it. Despite the standard interpretations of straight...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 1:20 am 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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This is an interesting question to ponder. The answer has a lot to do with the type of story that this is. It is a juvenile adventure story, which was a flourishing genre in this particular...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013 12:30 pm UTC

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Flint's fist is the treasure map for Skeleton Island, drawn by the famous pirate Captain Flint. Prior to the events of the novel, Captain Flint led six other sailors of the Walrus to bury treasure...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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"The captain" is Billy Bones, a grizzled and unpleasant sailor who stays at the inn for months, falling far behind on payments for his boarding, and at this point in the story, has just died of...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 10:47 pm UTC

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Treasure Island is a coming-of-age story. Treasure Island is also an adventure novel. While its genre is technically historical fiction because its setting is the 1700s, Robert Louis Stevenson...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016 11:10 am UTC

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It is interesting that Jim is a narrator who is not one coming-of-age, but rather one looking backward, and as he does so, he often generates suspense in this adventure story written with the...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2014 7:24 am UTC

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The age of Jim Hawkins is never specified within the text, but it can be assumed 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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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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In chapter 20 of Treasure Island, Long John Silver and one of the mutineers approach the stockade crying, "Flag of truce!" and Captain Smollett allows Silver into the yard of the stockade so he can...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 5:55 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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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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The title of chapter 7 is "I Go to Bristol." In it, Jim Hawkins receives a letter from Squire Trelawney in which the Squire says that he has bought and fitted out a ship, the Hispaniola. Others...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020 12:29 pm UTC

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In chapter sixteen we read about a decision that was made by Dr. Livesey in consultation with Captain Smollett for the honest hands to abandon the Hispaniola and move to a log house inside an...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009 2:42 pm UTC

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Stevenson's "Treasure Island" has a couple of main conflicts that arise throughout the novel. There are other small conflicts scattered throughout, but naming all of them as your question implies...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015 1:31 am UTC

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Treasure Island begins with the arrival of the mysterious "Captain" at the Admiral Benbow Inn, singing about "fifteen men on the dead man's chest." The first question he puts to Jim's father is...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 1:57 pm UTC

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Captain Smollett has a number of grievances he wishes to share with Squire Trelawney. For one thing, he feels like he's been left in the dark as to the Hispaniola's mission. Moreover, when...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 11:41 am UTC

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There are multiple man versus man conflicts throughout Treasure Island: 'The Good Guys' versus the mutinous pirates--This is one of the most central man versus man conflicts in the novel, featuring...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 3:31 am UTC

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As is often the case in adventure novels (especially those aimed at young adults), many of the characters and themes are black and white. Such is the case with Treasure Island. The enemy--the bad...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 2:59 am UTC

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Jim Hawkin's father and owner of the Admiral Benbow Inn certainly is not fond of Billy Bones, aka "The Captain." It probably does not help that Mr. Hawkins is in poor health, meaning that his son,...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018 4:06 pm UTC

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Jim decides to steal Ben Gunn's boat in chapter 22. His plan is to row out to the pirate ship under the cover of darkness and cut the anchor away. In chapter 23, Jim struggles to row the tiny boat...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 2:57 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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Jim Hawkins experiences a profound transformation over the course of Treasure Island. He starts the book as a boy but ends it as a man, having experienced enough adventure to last several...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018 8:25 am UTC

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Long John Silver is, like most people, a mixture of qualities, capable of producing both vice and virtue. On balance, when the reader considers his conduct in Treasure Island, he is bad. Silver is...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020 11:22 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 the remaining pirates set off to find the treasure, Gunn, Gray, and Dr. Livesey realize they may not make it to the place where the treasure was originally buried in time to intercept the...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 3:49 am UTC

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The captain, who has had what the doctor calls a stroke, is bedridden and denied alcohol on his doctor's orders. However, as he tells Jim, he needs his rum: I lived on rum, I tell you. It's been...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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Jim's mother is renowned for her honesty and integrity. So much so, that when she and Jim discover the gold in the captain's chest, she insists on taking only what's owed to her. Not a penny more,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 9:09 am UTC

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In the classic adventure novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, the characters Jim Hawkins, Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey, Captain Smollett, and a crew of sailors sail in search of...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 3:37 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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The Old Buccaneer in question happens to be Billy Bones, who rocks up one fateful day at the Admiral Benbow inn with a mysterious sea chest in tow. Upon arriving, this colorful character proceeds...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 12:28 pm UTC

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Black Dog and Pew are two veteran pirates of Captain Flint's old crew. Black Dog comes to the Admiral Benbow Inn looking for Billy Bones, (a.k.a. the Captain) in chapter 2. We do not know exactly...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 10:44 pm UTC

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In a man vs. society scenario, it has to do with a person set against a social system of beliefs and values, not just a person against many people. In Treasure Island, there are different cultural...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 1:24 am 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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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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The Hispaniola is the ship used by the characters in Treasure Island. As a symbol, it is multi-faceted, meaning that it symbolizes different things depending upon the dramatic needs of the scene....

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 9:00 pm UTC

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The doctor was willing to take the risk because the group needed all the provisions they could bring ashore with them. Also, the doctor wanted to go back for the rest of the crew on the ship, as...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016 3:09 pm 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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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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Jim's perception of Captain Smollett is initially influenced by the opinion of Long John Silver, who strongly dislikes the captain. Squire Trelawney also has a negative opinion of the captain. Jim...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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In Treasure Island," the receipt by Dr. Livesey and Jim of the Squire's letter from Bristol gave three significant clues to impending danger and rough seas ahead. Stevenson writes these so...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2010 7:16 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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Treasure Island, the exciting novel by Robert Louis Stevenson about a search for pirate treasure, comes to a clear and definitive resolution of conflict. By analyzing the plot points proposed in...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 2:04 am UTC

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This happens in chapter 4 of Treasure Island, after the death of the captain. The captain had been living many weeks at the inn, and while he had paid for a few nights when he first arrived, at the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 11:58 am UTC

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In Chapter 20, after there has been some fighting, Long John Silver comes to the stockade with a peace proposal that he offers to Captain Smollett. He asks that the captain should give him a chart...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2010 10:26 am UTC

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The story begins at the Admiral Benbow Inn, located at Black Hill Cove on the southwest coast of England. Later, the setting changes to Bristol, an English seaport where the ship Hispaniola is...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 1:01 am UTC

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*I had to edit your question down to one question (per eNotes policy). Man versus self conflicts in Treasure Island: One dominant man versus self conflict in Treasure Island concerns Jim's struggle...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2012 1:11 am UTC

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After the climax, in which the pirates discover 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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This is not actually in the chapters you are asking about -- it is in Chapter 20. At the end of Chapter 19, Silver shows up with the flag of truce. In the next chapter he makes his proposal and...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2010 10:27 am UTC

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As the accountant for the notorious Captain Flint, Billy Bones had access to the records of the pirate booty. After Bones' death, Jim Hawkins and his mother decided to open his sea chest with the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 2:31 am UTC

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