Treasure Island

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Treasure Island

Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver

Young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map on the body of a drunk who dies in his family's inn. Jim shows the map to Dr. Livesey and the Squire (John Trelawney). The two men decide to go search for the treasure, so the Squire purchases a ship (the Hispaniola), hires a captain, and a crew. Jim becomes the cooks helper on the trip. The cook's name is Long John Silver. During the voyage, Jim overhears Mr. Silver talking to a member of the crew about taking over the ship and stealing the treasure. As soon as Jim can get away, he goes to Dr. Livesey, the Squire, and the Captain to report what he heard. The Captain said he expected as much, since he wasn't familiar with the crew, but thanks Jim for the information. When the Hispaniola reaches Treasure Island, the Captain takes Dr. Livesey, the Squire, Jim, and a few other men they trust to shore. At the same time, Long John Silver and his crew race to shore in another boat to try locating the treasure. There are a few battles when they reach shore, and eventually, the treasure is found. After all of the fighting, the only survivors are Jim, the Captain, the Squire, Dr. Livesey, Ben Gunn (who was marooned on the island when the treasure was hidden a year before), and Long John Silver. On the journey home, Silver escapes with some of the treasure when they stop at a port to pick up supplies. The story ends when the ship returns to Bristol, and the author describes how everyone used their share of the treasure.

Treasure IslandBy

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 13,1850. He earned a law degree from Edinburgh University, but decided to become a writer instead. He originally wrote Treasure Island to capture the imagination of his stepson. Mr. Stevenson passed away on December 3, 1894, leaving his final novel, Weir of Hermiston, unfinished.

This novel was interesting, but there were times when it was hard to read and understand, because of the way it is worded. However, the odd words normally occur when the sailors are talking, or describing something. I think the author wrote the story this way to accurately depict how men talked during this time period. Also, as odd as they were to me, they were probably part of the common language in that part of the world.


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