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Treasure Island Essay

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Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, is about a boy named Jim Hawkins who goes on a search for Flint’s buried treasure. Jim Hawkins goes on this journey with Doctor Livesey, and Squire Trelawney, and they hire hands to help them. John Silver—a one-legged pirate also in search for this treasure—joins the crew as well, unfortunately. The other members of the crew, that they hired, planned mutiny. A battle between the pirates and Jim’s party takes place once they reach the island. There are many interesting conflicts, betrayals, and situations going on throughout the novel.
This story takes place during the eighteenth century in Near Bristol, England, and Treasure Island, which ...view middle of the document...

Jim Hawkins is the son of an innkeeper, and is eager to go on a hunt for Flint’s treasure. He is a modest narrator, who never boasted his courage and heroic actions that he displayed. Jim is often impulsive and would do something’s without thinking it through, but he throughout the story, he shows his sensitivity and wisdom. Dr. Livesey is the local doctor who helps out with the journey to Treasure Island. He is the one who sends Ben Gunn to spook the pirates so that he would help them get an understanding of human nature. Dr. Livesey is fair-minded, and oddly agrees to care and treat the pirates just like he does with his own patients. Squire Trelawney is a local Bristol nobleman, who arranges the journey to Treasure Island. Throughout the story, Trelawney shows his street smarts, but it is limited. He was tricked by the pirates into hiring them on the HISPANIOLA (the ship that they boarded to go to Treasure Island) on their journey.
Billy Bones is the old seaman who stays at the inn that Jim works at. Bill (or Billy) used to be part of Silver’s crew, and is a rude man. This pirate hires Jim to keep a look out for this one-legged man (Silver), which gets Jim involved with the pirate life. Bill is the one who owns the sea chest and treasure map, which sets the adventure of the entire novel. Billy Bones eventually gets ill and his craving for rum shows how weak he can be. Black Dog is a pirate and enemy of Billy, and he pays an unexpected visit to him. Black Dog threatens him, and they fight to the death. Captain Smollett is the captain of the adventure, and is suspicious of the crew that Trelawney hired. Smollett takes his job seriously, and he becomes too reliable on Jim’s teenage mind, and even tells him personal things. Long John Silver is the cook of the crew, and is the secret ringleader of the pirates. Silver is a strong man, both emotionally and physically. He is deceitful, disloyal, greedy, and does not have a care in the world about human relations. Despite this, he is always kind towards Jim.
Ben Gunn was a member of Flint’s pirate crew, but was left behind on Treasure Island for three years. Ben has the guy who found Flint’s treasure, and took it. Ben Gunn was constantly switching sides, from the good men to the pirates. He willingly helps Jim and Dr. Livesey. He helped Livesey by imitating Flint’s voice, which fooled the others into thinking that he was a ghost of old Flint. Pew is an old, blind beggar and a pirate after Flint’s treasure as well. Pew gives Billy Bones a black spot, and latter dies being trampled by a horse. He was trampled when searching for Jim and his mother, but his crew left him when they heard a pistol shot. Being blind, Pew had no idea where he was going, and he was running around terrified. So he was killed by a horse. Israel Hands was the coxswain on the ship, who attacks Jim, attempting to kill him. Tom Redruth was one of Jim’s companions of the ship, who is killed by a pirate gunfire. Tom is buried on the...

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