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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

We discover later on in the story that it was the evil Captain Jaggery who killed Mr. Hollybrass. The deadly deed took place during—appropriately enough—a violent storm, when Jaggery plunged a...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Zachariah is whipped 50 times at the end of the first mutiny attempt. Hollybrass is ordered to carry out the task but stops after the third lash, when Jaggery cruelly finishes the whipping....

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 2:52 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi has several symbols; the following are just a few: The hurricane that is brewing during the voyage to America is symbolic of what is...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 11:00 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

As Charlotte Doyle is only a young girl, she needs a responsible adult on hand to make sure she gets safely aboard the ship that's to take her across the Atlantic from Liverpool in England to...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Hello! You asked about 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.' The crew members are initially suspicious of Charlotte. Prior to Charlotte's offering to join the crew, she unwittingly informs...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

After Charlotte snaps a needle, she goes in search of a new one in the crew's sleeping quarters. There, she accidentally discovers a pistol and a round robin--two signs that the crew is planning a...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 12:23 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Zachariah tries very hard to befriend Charlotte at the beginning of the voyage, saying, “I can assure you, Zachariah can be a fine friend.” He feels they have something in common—their...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Foreshadowing, or the author's use of clues that give the reader an idea about what might happen, or create suspense, or both, makes its appearance early in this novel by Avi. Charlotte Doyle, an...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 9:21 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

First, the crew believes that Charlotte killed Mr. Hollybrass because the man was stabbed to death with a weapon that belonged to Charlotte: the dirk that was given to her by Zachariah at the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 12:34 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Since the text does not reveal who put the carved head in the hold, we can only make guesses as to who may have done so. While Mr. Barlow could have placed the head there, it is also possible that...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

This question epitomizes the upbringing and idiosyncrasies of Charlotte growing up. This expression is directed to Zachariah. A man of a lowly status, he is expressing his frustration by telling...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 2:10 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

After Charlotte is left alone near the entrance of the hold, a frightening occurence happens: a "grinning head" appears through the entrance to the hold, and Charlotte's candle goes out, plunging...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 12:16 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In the early part of the novel, Charlotte is in danger because she is a potential witness to mutiny. The crew intends to rebel against Captain Jaggery, but Charlotte's presence is a complication...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 1:03 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Mr. Cranick is a one-armed sailor who's stowed away on the good ship Seahawk with the express intention of gaining revenge on the wicked Captain Jaggery. It was Jaggery, who, on a previous voyage,...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 10:58 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The name of the jail that Charlotte Doyle is consigned to on the Seahawk is the brig. A brig is a prison on board a ship or any military naval ship. When Mr. Hollybrass is found face down with a...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 8:16 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

I would suggest that you check out the at ENotes site for the novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi first. There are several resources there. There are probably dozens of others out...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 10:50 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

It's a mysterious little conversation, isn't it, the one Charlotte overhears on her first night on board the Seahawk? The Second Mate, Mr. Keetch, is speaking to an unknown man, telling him that...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020 9:00 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

After Barlow leaves her alone with her trunk, Charlotte Doyle looks around her quarters and sees the inside of her coffin. Charlotte had not expected anything like what her sea voyage to American...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 4:14 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The tyrannical Captain Jaggery hates Zachariah for a number of reasons. For one thing, he can't dominate him the way he can with other members of the ship's crew, and for a control freak like...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Charlotte finds herself assuming the role of a member of the Seahawk crew rather than remaining a passenger in order to atone for revealing the crew's...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 6:06 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In the novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, the member of the crew who tells the rest that Charlotte "believes in honor" and is "the vey soul of justice" is Zachariah. Fisk later...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 11:23 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Barlow wanted to warn Charlotte that all is not as it seems on the ship. Captain Jaggery is not the nice man Charlotte thinks he is; in fact, he is so abusive to his crew that they are near mutiny....

Latest answer posted November 26, 2007 6:06 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In building a list of ten conflicts in Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, it might be beneficial to you to think about the different kinds of conflict that exist in this story. One easy...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 7:05 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In the dead of night, Charlotte is horrified by what appears to be a grinning head staring at her through the hole above her head. As one might expect, Charlotte's absolutely petrified by this...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 7:43 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

At the time when The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is set, in the early part of the nineteenth century, every member of a ship's crew would've been a man or a boy. In fact, women as a whole...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021 2:03 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Initially, Charlotte is quite snobby towards the crew members of the Seahawk. She comes from quite a well-to-do background and sees the men on board ship as far beneath her on the social scale....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 12:11 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In the words of Mr. Barlow, the Captain had the crew set all the sails "to put (them) on display. It was to no account. Mocking (them)..." The Captain is notorious for being a cruel and...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2010 12:09 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

When Charlotte boards the Seahawk, Barlow takes charge of her trunk and brings it onboard the Seahawk. As the voyage begins, Charlotte spends four days in her room overcome with seasickness. When...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 5:36 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Captain Jaggery puts down the mutiny by fatally shooting Mr. Cranick, the man he believes to be the ringleader. Everyone is shocked into silence by this cold-blooded act. Intimidated by Jaggery's...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 8:49 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte is impressed by the captain and he makes her feel special. Although Charlotte does not realize it, the captain is clearly taking advantage of her. To her, Captain Jagger can do no wrong....

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 6:42 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte Doyle is understandably nervous about what people in Providence will say when they find out that the captain of the Seahawk and his first mate are dead. She's old enough to realize that,...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021 12:25 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Zachariah and Charlotte are both exceptional among the Seahawk crew- one being a Black man and the other a girl. Zachariah stresses the importance of their getting to know each other and looking...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 7:14 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In the novel by Avi titled The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Captain Jaggary addresses his first mate, Hollybrass, and comments that the crew of the ship is short one sailor. In response,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 3:04 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Avi's novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and the movie Mulan are set in very different times and places, and their plots are also quite distinct, yet the characters in the two works do...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The advice to be careful of what wind you choose refers to sailing concepts and jargon and to several variations of sailing idioms. In sailing, the wind you choose determines how easily and how...

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte is depressed about reaching Rhode Island because during her long journey, she has changed. The society in which she lives is highly ordered; there are strictly delineated roles which...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 4:42 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

In Chapter 8, Charlotte says that she was initially bored living on the ship because she had no chores to carry out and thus spent much of her time, as she herself puts it, "in idleness." She says...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 11:36 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Barlow treats Charlotte with kindness and consideration. He takes her to one side and frankly tells her that she shouldn't be aboard the Seahawk. This is no place for a lone girl; she'd be better...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 6:42 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte Doyle's social station more or less ensured that she would never fraternize with Zachariah, who is a poor, uneducated, black man. However, in these unique circumstances, Zachariah makes...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 9:33 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The best way to study a novel is to open it up to random pages and choose random sentences. Then ask yourself what happened before and after the quote and what its significance is. If you can,...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 11:26 am UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Zachariah helps Charlotte as she struggles with the foreyard sail. He appears when she loses her handhold on the the spar and pulls her back before she can fall. Charlotte then hears an explosion...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 6:35 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Wouldn't it have been nice for Charlotte to have some of the conveniences we use today! She might never have become trapped on a pirate ship, or at least might have been able to get off much more...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 4:35 pm UTC

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

You can find the answer to this question in Chapter 9, with some insight from Chapter 8. In Chapter 8, Charlotte writes that the captain had asked her to report back what she heard the crew saying...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 10:12 am UTC

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