A High Wind in Jamaica

by Richard Hughes

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What are some examples of hypocrisy in A High Wind in Jamaica?

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A High Wind in Jamaica contains several hypocritical/ironic moments throughout the novel. For instance, there are several moments of strange interactions between the children and the pirates (and amongst the children themselves). When John falls to his death, his siblings seem to immediately forget about him and do not mourn his death. Rather, they act callously and do not honor his memory. Their supposed closeness as siblings is certainly brought into question through their cold reaction to their brothers' death. The children also seem to frighten the pirates toward the end of the novel, which is of course rather interesting, given that the pirates are typically supposed to be the frightening characters. The pirates seem to justify their own behaviors but are disturbed by the cunning, ruthless behaviors of the children after the stabbing death of Dutch captain.

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