Treasure Island is an adventure tale that deals with greed and a central theme of good versus evil (bad guys versus good guys). “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24) Once the main character Jim Hawkins leaves his boring life at the Inn, the book becomes very fast paced and more exciting which is due to the main characters sense of curiosity and adventure. The main character is the narrator of this book. He appears to be full of life and ready to take on any situation once his confidence builds during the story.
Treasure Island is also a pirate tale filled with action scenes and drama. It has been listed as one of the most popular adventure novels ever written. Peer pressure and the desire to belong and to be accepted by others were very apparent in this book. Alcohol abuse was a temptation that Jim faced during this book. He was encouraged to drink by those around him but Jim refused to drink even though his refusal could have brought on ridicule and intimidation by those trying to influence him. Today teenagers are faced with the situation of making the right decision and not drinking alcohol which makes them open to being made fun of and excluded from their peer group. Jim proved that if you have self assurance and a strong moral character you will stay true to your beliefs without fear of rejection. Throughout the book Treasure Island Jim, who could be called a hero, is tested in many ways. Jim must make quick decisions, remain courageous in scary situations, and believe in himself as he overcomes many obstacles. Jim learns many lessons about life and himself as he appears to be triumphant in each situation he encounters. Jim’s first encounter with someone who had exciting adventures is when Billy Bones walks into the Inn, The Admiral Benbow. This character was not in the story very long...
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