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Key moments in Treasure Island

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Key moments in Treasure Island include the discovery of the treasure map, the voyage to the island, Jim Hawkins' encounters with Long John Silver, the mutiny of the crew, the search for the buried treasure, and the eventual capture of the pirates. Each of these events significantly drives the plot forward and contributes to the development of the characters.

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What was the climax of Treasure Island?

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 around a treasure hunt. Based on this supposed treasure being the goal of so many people involved, it makes sense that finally finding the treasure would be the climax to the story.

Treasure Island almost does this; instead of the climax being Jim or Silver finally finding the treasure, the climax occurs when Silver and his pirates follow the map to the treasure's location only to find that no treasure is to be found. Silver's men begin to turn against him because they believe that he tricked all of them. Fortunately for Silver and Jim Hawkins, they are saved from pirate chaos by Livesey, Gray, and Gunn. This ends the climax of the story and leads into the falling action and conclusion. Jim and Silver are led to a cave where Gunn secretly moved the treasure earlier. Now wealthy men, they load their ship and head home.

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What was the climax of Treasure Island?

The climax is the most intense moment of the story, or a turning point in the story. You can figure out what the climax is by looking at where we know the outcome of the main conflict. The climax usually occurs just before the resolution of the main conflict.

The main conflict of Treasure Island is the struggle of Jim and his group to beat Flint's former crewmembers to get to the treasure first. The climax of this story is when the pirates and Jim discover that the treasure has already been dug up. They return to England after that.

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What was the climax of Treasure Island?

Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island follows the pursuit of Jim Hawkins, the son of an innkeeper, and a crew of seamen as they search for the buried treasure of the dead pirate Captain Flint. 

The climax of the novel occurs after the chaos of the mutiny and ensuing battle over the map, with Silver holding Jim hostage as they follow the map to the alleged location of the treasure. Along the way, they spot a skeleton with arms outstretched toward the treasure, and although this unnerves them, they continue to move forward.

When they arrive at the spot marked on the map, there is no treasure to be found. Jim is saved by Livesey, Gray, and Gunn, who then lead Jim to a cave where Gunn had secretly moved the treasure. With their new wealth in tow, the men set off once again for home. 

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What was the climax of Treasure Island?

The climax to Robert Louis Stevenson's epic adventure novel Treasure Island comes in Part 6 when the pirates discover that the buried treasure is missing. Long John Silver has nearly lost control of his men, but they eventually set out with the map and young Jim Hawkins to find the treasure. They finally determine the location of the buried loot, but when they get to the spot, the treasure has already been removed. Silver's men turn against him, believing the one-legged pirate has tricked them. As they prepare to overwhelm Silver, Ben Gunn and Doctor Livesey (who are hiding nearby) open fire on the pirates, and they retreat in disorder. Silver accompanies Hawkins, Gunn and Livesey back to Gunn's cave, where Gunn has hidden the treasure. The men load the treasure aboard the Hispaniola and leave the pirates behind, taking Silver with them.

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What happens at the end of Treasure Island?

After the climax, in which the pirates discover that the map did not lead them to the treasure and subsequently mutiny against the baffled Long John Silver, Treasure Island ends with the treasure recovered. After Dr. Livesey and his party fire on the pirates, who scatter in all directions, it is revealed that Ben Gunn had dug up the treasure some time ago. After finding it, he moved it to his cave.

Jim and the non-pirate members of the crew take the treasure with them on the ship. They are able to load it onto the Hispaniola over a period of three days while Jim packs the coins into bread bags. They leave the remaining three pirates on the deserted island, but Long John Silver comes with them, despite no one trusting him. During their voyage back to Bristol, Long John Silver manages to steal some of the treasure and sneak overboard with it (Jim presumes he returned home to his wife, briefly mentioned earlier in the novel).

Once the Hispaniola returns to its original destination, everyone divides up the treasure for their share. Captain Smollett retires in comfort, and Ben spends all of his share quickly before becoming a lodge keeper. Jim does not say much of himself, save that he is haunted by dreams of the pirates and that he never plans on going back to the sea, let alone treasure hunting.

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What happens at the end of Treasure Island and what could be an alternate ending?

The Long John Silver character was such a great one that I hated to see him disappear entirely at the end. I would like to have seen Long John return in some manner--be it in America or back on English soil. A satisfactory scenario for me would be including a prologue, several decades in the future, where an elderly but still scoundrelous Long John reconciles with the adult Jim Hawkins. Perhaps Silver has another treasure map to share with Jim, and maybe Jim would be trusting enough to follow him on one more adventure.

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What happens at the end of Treasure Island and what could be an alternate ending?

At the end of the story, the captain and the other "good guys" leave all the mutineers who are still alive behind on the island.  All, that is, except for Long John Silver, who comes with the good guys.  They sail the Hispaniola to some unnamed city where Silver escapes.  The other five return to England and share all the wealth that they got.

As far as alternate endings, it could really be anything that catches your fancy.  The story actually has a happy ending, right?  All the people that you like end up rich and happy and the bad guys get what they deserve.  If you don't like an ending like that, make another one up.

You could say, for example, that the Royal Navy boards the Hispaniola and thinks that all of the men are pirates because they have pirate treasure.  Or you could say that Silver (maybe with Gunn's help) kills the other four and takes all the treasure -- not just one bag.  Or you could have one or more of the "good guys" turn bad and kill the others and take the treasure.  There are all sorts of ways to end the story...

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