What is an example of conflict in Treasure Island along the lines of man versus man?
The conflict that propels the action in Stevenson's Treasure Island is that of man versus man (also stated as man against man). This is established from the opening incidents and carries right on through the story as Jim narrates it. When the seafaring Captain Bill first comes to the Admirable Benbow Inn, a conflict is established between the Captain and Jim's father. Jim, the narrator, tells that the money the captain had originally supplied for his lodging and board "had been long exhausted, and still my father never plucked up the heart to insist on having more." Jim's father would be met with a roar if he asked for more. Often his father would leave the Captain's room "wringing his hands after such a rebuff." This man versus man conflict had disastrous consequences for his father since Jim says it "must have greatly hastened his early and unhappy death." Some other instances of man against man conflicts are Long John Silver against ... well ... everyone. Captain Billy against Black Dog. Long John Silver against Jim. Jim against Long John Silver.