Treasure Island, by R L Stevenson. Describes the relationship between Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, and how this changes throughout the story.

Essay by ephy2002 January 2003

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"Treasure Island"

Set in the days of sails and ships, buried treasure and pirates, Treasure Island is an epic tale of a young boy by the name of Hawkins, and his search for the buried treasure of the notorious Captain Flint. Treasure Island is written by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 94), his other texts include The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped. I choose to read and review this book because I was familiar with some of Stevenson's other work and I had also watched and enjoyed the children's version of Treasure Island. As a reader, I like reading books in which I have an idea of the plot, as it heightens my enjoyment of the reading experience.

The plot of the novel concerns Jim Hawkins's adventures on his quest for Captains Flint's treasure guided by an old map left with his first mate.

The story starts out with a simple plot, but on the way Hawkins meets a one-legged cook who is planning mutiny, a marooned ex-pirate on his way to insanity and a longing for the chance to prove himself worthy to Captain Smollett and the rest of his crew. It is a tale of pirates; a map, treasure, mutiny and a one-legged sea cook by the name of Long John Silver.

Throughout the review, I am discussing the nature of the relationship between Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver. One of the themes of the novel is the greed for money, which is revealed through the story of the buried treasure. Stevenson manipulates the reader's thirst for the knowledge of who will get to the buried treasure first, by continuously bribing them with hints and clues of which side will conquer the other. The relationships between Jim Hawkins and...