Kidnapped | Study Guide

Robert Louis Stevenson

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Kidnapped Study Guide." Course Hero. 20 Dec. 2019. Web. 27 Jan. 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Kidnapped/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2019, December 20). Kidnapped Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved January 27, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Kidnapped/

In text

(Course Hero, 2019)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Kidnapped Study Guide." December 20, 2019. Accessed January 27, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Kidnapped/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Kidnapped Study Guide," December 20, 2019, accessed January 27, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Kidnapped/.

Kidnapped | Chapter 7 : I Go to Sea in the Brig "Covenant" of Dysart | Summary

Share
Share

Summary

David awakes below deck on the ship, where a Mr. Riach—the ship's second mate—brings him food and water. Mr. Riach convinces the captain to move David up to the forecastle—the sailors's quarters on the upper deck—to prevent his death. There, David gets to know the ship's other crew members and tries to help Ransome in his dealings with the brutal first mate Mr. Shuan and the kinder Mr. Riach, who brings the boy alcohol. David tells his story of being kidnapped to Mr. Riach, who advises him to write his story in letters to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Rankeillor.

Analysis

David shows his strong, good character while on the Covenant. First, he continues to believe that the truth of his story and the fact that he has been done an injustice will convince others to help him. However, he is surrounded by a ship full of people who are criminals and tend to commit injustices. Mr. Riach is the sole member of the crew who will listen to David's story, and even he is unwilling to help David because it is mutiny to overrule the captain. Second, even though David is in a terrible position, he does his best to try to improve the situation that Ransome is in. David pities the boy for being thrown into a difficult and dangerous life.Although David has little power to help himself, he still continues to try to help those around him.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Kidnapped? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask ( soon) You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors