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treasure-island-robert-louis-stevensonJim Hawkins, Part Two, Chapter 7 n all my fancies nothing occurred to me so strange and tragic as our actual adventures. Sources: The Annotated Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Simon Barker-Benfield, and Louis Rhead, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, The Robert Louis Stevenson Archive, University of South Carolina LibrariesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Treasure Islandby the NumbersWeekly installments in the serialized version of Treasure Island in the journal Young Folks17Year the first film version of Treasure Island was produced1908Year a real treasure was buried on Norman Island in the West Indies—inspiring Stevensons tale1750A Scottish essayist, Stevenson began writing Treasure Islandas a game with his stepson,Lloyd Osbourne. His first novel, Treasure Island became partof a wide body of work by Stevenson, who wrote in genres ranging from childrens classicsto horror and suspense.ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON1850–94AuthorThemesMain CharactersYoung Jim Hawkins inherits a treasure map and goes to sea in pursuit of pirate gold.Aboard the Hispaniola, Jim overhears Long John Silver plotting mutiny once the treasure is found.Jim flees after seeing Silver murder an honest man and meets Ben Gunn, a marooned pirate and unexpected ally.Once the mutiny begins, the honest men abandon ship and bravely repulse the pirates’ vicious attack on the island.Dr. LiveseyCool-headed and devotedto duty; accompanies Jim to Treasure IslandSquire TrelawneyExcitable but honestlandowner; organizes thetreasure huntLong John SilverMorally ambiguous scoundrel; organizes the mutinyJim HawkinsSheltered boy with a taste for adventure; impulsive and quick-wittedCaptain SmollettDutiful, resourceful captain of the HispaniolaConsequences of GreedMens greed for goldmakes them foolish and insane, resulting in betrayal, bloodshed, and death. Moral AmbiguityLong John Silvers indifference to standardsof right and wrong makeshim an unreliable friendand dangerous enemy. After retaking the ship, Jim is captured and held hostage by Silver and his gang.Silver protects Jim while the honest men defeat the pirate gang; the Hispaniola sails home to England, loaded with treasure.6Coming of AgeJim Hawkinss growth from boy to man is a journey from meek obedience to loss of innocence as he faces reality. ComradesAdversariesFather Figure5On a remote Caribbean island in the mid-1700s, Jim Hawkins is a daring boy on a hunt for buried gold. Among his fellow adventurers is the clever, double-dealing buccaneer Long John Silver. What begins as an exciting quest for treasure becomes a nightmare of mutiny and murder and a deadly game of wits.Dead Men Dont BiteOVERVIEW1234EnglishOriginal Language1881–82Years PublishedRobert Louis StevensonAuthorTreasure IslandAdventureNovel

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