Treasure Island Author Analysis

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Treasure Island
Rob Johnson May, 2012 About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson
Stevenson was born on the 13th of November in the year 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland and died December 3rd, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa. Stevenson was of Scottish descent and was the only child of Thomas Stevenson. At age six, Robert attended his first school and found it hard to fit in, and this problem kept persisting at an older age when he attended the Edinburgh Academy. Stevenson entered the University of Edinburgh to study engineering. He showed from the start no enthusiasm for his studies. It Is said that Robert suffered from an illness known today as Bronchiectasis and could have possibly been sarcoidosis. Illness would continue persist in his Adult life which left him extremely thin. His frequent illnesses often kept him out of the picture in his first school and was taught for long periods by private tutors. Stevenson also was a late reader, and started reading around age 7 or 8, but before this, it is said that he used to dictate stories to his mother and his nurse and compulsively wrote stories throughout his childhood. His father Thomas, also used to write stories on his spare time until his father discouraged him in writing stories and was told it was nonsense. But, Thomas on the other hand, was proud of Roberts interest in writing, and even paid for one of his first publications at 16, which was an account of ‘’covenanters’ rebellion’’. Stevenson has been known for several books, but some of which aren’t as famous as his 3 best-known books which include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde.

Summary

Jim Hawkins is a young boy who lives at his parents’ inn, near Bristol, England, in the eighteenth century. An old sea captain dies in the inn after being presented with a official pirate verdict of guilt or judgment. Jim very curious about the mysterious, accurate portent of Billy’s (old sea captain’s)death. Jim and his mother unlock the captains sea chest, and have found a logbook and map inside. Jim knows what he posseses is valuble and takes it to some friends, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney. They notice it’s a map for a huge treasure that the pirate Captain Flint has buried on an island quite far away. With this gathered information, they start planning an expedition. Trelawney is misleaded into hiring one of Flint’s ex-mates, ‘Long John Silver’, and alot of Flint’s crew. Only the captain, ‘Smollett’ can be trusted. The ship sets sail for the treasure island, until Jim overhears Long John’s plans for mutiny. Jim tells the captain about Silver and the rest of the rebels on the ship. Once arriving at the Island, Captain Smollett finds a plan to get most of the ‘’villains’’ off the ship. Jim, while hiding witnesses Silver’s murder of a sailor who declined being part of the mutiny. Meanwhile, Silver is wanting negotiation with the captain, but the captain refuses to speak to him. The pirates attack the stockade the next day, and the captain is wounded. After finding a boat, with Ben which is a former mate of flints crew but was left on the island years earlier, is struggling aboard, he notices that one of the watchmen named, ‘Israel’ has killed the other watchman in a drunken fit. Jim takes control of the ship, but Israel betrays him. Jim is kills Israel even though he is wounded. Jim returns to the stockade but finds it already occupied by the pirates. Silver takes Jim as a hostage, telling him that the captain has gave them the treasure map, and provisions. Jim realizes that Silver is having trouble managing his men, who accuse him of treachery. Silver explains to Jim that they help each other survive by pretending Jim is a hostage. However, the men present Silver with a black spot and inform him that he has been deposed as their commander.Silver leads Jim...
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