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Treasure Island Unit Introduction
Transcript of Treasure Island Unit Introduction
Born November 13th in Edinburgh, Scotland
3rd at age 44
of a cerebral hemorrhage
Starts studying at Edinburgh University
Passes the final examination for the Scottish Bar. End of his studies at Edinburgh University
Marries Fanny Osbourne in San Francisco
Young Folks magazine begins the serial publication of Treasure Island under the name Captain George North
Publication of Treasure Island in book form
RLS suffers terrible health and is
often unable to leave the house
believed he had tuberculosis,
brochiectasis, or sarcoidosis
The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson, the writer
Robert Louis Stevenson
Works by RLS
Novelist – known for novels of adventure
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
A novel about a duel personality. A kind and intelligent physician turns into a psychopathic monster after imbibing a medicine intended to separate good from evil in a personality.
Tells the story of a boy in search of his inheritance and his troubles in Scotland.
Stevenson’s first major success, this novel is a tale of piracy, buried treasure, and adventure.
is an adventure novel narrating
a tale of pirates and buried gold.
It was first published in 1883 in
book form, but was originally
serialized for a children’s
Take a minute and
write what you
The novel is about pirates searching for treasure.
Influence on pirate stories
Treasure Island has influenced
popular perceptions of pirates in
general. Some examples of
this influence are:
Treasure maps with an “X”
The black spot
One-legged seaman with parrot on his shoulder
Between 1713 and about 1725, thousands of pirates prowled the Atlantic.
In 1717 alone, American colonial officials put the number at approximately 1,500.
Mercantile vessels were easy pickings for these pirates — partly because the crewmen on such ships were so badly treated and poorly paid that they often volunteered to join their captors.
Eighteenth Century Pirates
Many merchants and government officials, especially in the American colonies, turned a blind eye to piracy and often actually supported it.
Coins, precious metals, and other nonperishable items in particular were likely to be stored in safe places, awaiting the pirates' opportunity to dispose of them profitably — and what safer place than buried on one of the many small islands around the Caribbean Sea, with nothing to reveal the cache but a cryptic map secreted in an old man's sea chest?
Certainly, believing in the existence of such a map and its discovery by someone willing and able to go in search of the riches, as in Treasure Island, does not require much stretch of the imagination.
There are some truths in the story, such as:
young men sailing on pirate ships
older pirates either retired, blind, crippled, or dead (piracy was hard!)
hard work and dangerous
Jim Hawkins, the main character in Treasure Island, would not have been an unusual boy in the 18th century. He would have been expected to take over his father's trade and would have only received the education needed for the job.
Pirates are cool.
But is there any
Even if a lot of what we think is "true"
about pirates is made up!
The Hispaniola, the ship the characters in Treasure Island sail on, did not actually exist.
However, the ship was based on authentic ships of the time period.
There is a lot of sailing terminology in the novel.
Ambiguity of morality
Truthfulness and loyalty
Thrift versus extravagance
Stevenson deliberately leaves the exact date of the novel obscure
Jim Hawkins says he is writing this in 17--
Which means our story takes place in the
Near Bristol, England
Treasure Island, an island off the coast
of “Spanish America”