Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins, the principal narrator, a bright, courageous boy. His father owns the Admiral Benbow Inn, where Billy Bones hides. In Bones’s sea chest, Jim finds a map of Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Dr. Livesey

Dr. Livesey, who treats Jim’s dying father and later the wounded mutineers on Treasure Island.

Squire Trelawney

Squire Trelawney, who finances the treasure hunt and outsmarts the pirates.

Captain Smollett

Captain Smollett, the captain of the expedition’s ship, the Hispaniola.

Captain Bill Bones

Captain Bill Bones, who steals the map and sings, “Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest.” He dies of fright when the pirates bring him his death warning.

Black Dog

Black Dog, who discovers Bones’s hiding place and is almost killed in a fight in the inn parlor.

Blind Pew

Blind Pew, a deformed pirate who delivers the Black Spot death notice. He is trampled to death by the mounted revenue officers who attack the pirate gang searching for Bill Bones’s sea chest.

Long John Silver

Long John Silver, a one-legged ship’s cook who owns a pet parrot called Captain Flint. He gathers a crew for the Hispaniola, from pirates whom he can control. Once, he saves Jim from their fury. He manages to get back to the West Indies with a bag of coins.

Ben Gunn

Ben Gunn, a pirate marooned by Captain Flint on Treasure Island. He moves the treasure and thus can keep it from the pirates and turn it over to Squire Trelawney.

Israel Hands

Israel Hands, a pirate shot by Jim after he tries to kill Jim with a knife.

Themes and Characters

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Treasure Island includes a wide range of vivid and memorable characters, drawn with great subtlety and psychological perception. There...

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