H English 9A, Period 6
17 August 2006
The Growing and Maturing Kid
Sometimes things happen in someone’s life that can change them for the better or for the worse. These things can either help that person grow and mature, or make them weak. In the book “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, many events happen to a young, naïve, frightened and adventurous boy named Jim Hawkins. Throughout the story, he quickly changes into a more mature and independent person, yet still showing some signs of the kid he still is. Some of these events are the passing away of his father, when he decides to go on voyage to seek the treasure, and when he has to escape from the mutinous pirates to try and save his life. All these events help him grow to be a worthy human being. One of the events that happen to Jim Hawkins that help him grow up and become more independent is when his father passes away. Now being the man of the family at a young age, Jim has to learn to be more mature and independent. Even now, the loss of especially a father is very hard for a family since he provides for them. In one quote Jim says, “Our natural distress, the visits of the neighbors, the arranging of the funeral, and all the work of the inn to be carried on in the meanwhile kept me so busy that I had scarcely time to think of the captain, far less to be afraid of him.” (Stevenson 27) Since his father’s passing, it became just him and his mother running the inn, which, like he says, leaves him very little time to even think of the captain. In this quote, “It cowed me more than the pain, and I began to obey him at once, walking straight in at the door and towards the parlor, where the sick old buccaneer was sitting, dazed with rum,” (28) shows how much fright Jim has since he’s afraid the blind man will hurt him, which automatically makes him obey the man like a child afraid of a punishment. These events help Jim grow into a more independent and...
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