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Title: _____________Treasure Island______________________________________________

Author: ________Robert Louis Stevenson________________________________________________

This book/story/poem is about: A young boy discovers a treasure map and sets sail to locate the treasure. Along the way, he finds himself in the midst of a mutiny and must fight for his life and the lives of all the honest hands on board.

The subject I am exploring is:  Theme - Honor

Quotation:

“It was good policy . . . and showed our enemies that we despised their cannonade.”

Page Number: 125

Inference:

Honor is recognized most often in times of danger.

Context:

Upon claiming the stockade, Captain Smollett runs up his colours. The mutineers begin using it as a target for their cannon, and the other honest men suggest that it might be safer to take the flag down. The captain refuses, despite the danger.

Commentary:

Captain Smollett’s purpose in displaying the British flag is to show the enemy that the honest men are honorable because they represent their country. The honest men agree that it is good policy to demonstrate honor in a dangerous situation because it justifies their actions in defending themselves against the mutineers. Captain Smollett’s actions appear all the more honorable because his open defiance of dishonorable behavior places his life in jeopardy. The captain’s honorable motives are clearly visible because of the threat that surrounds them. Rather than overlooking the raising of the flag as habit, the honest men recognize the honor in their action precisely because the captain is prioritizing honor over all else, even safety.

One theme demonstrated throughout Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is that honor is recognized most often in times of danger. Upon claiming the stockade, Captain Smollett runs up his colours. The mutineers begin using it as a target for their cannon, and the other honest men suggest that it might be safer to take the flag down. The captain refuses, despite the danger. Jim recalls his reasoning, stating, “It was good policy . . . and showed our enemies that we despised their cannonade” (125). Captain Smollett’s purpose in displaying the British flag is to show the enemy that the honest men are honorable because they represent their country. The honest men agree that it is good policy to demonstrate honor in a dangerous situation because it justifies their actions in defending themselves against the mutineers. Captain Smollett’s actions appear all the more honorable because his open defiance of dishonorable behavior places his life in jeopardy. The captain’s honorable motives are clearly visible because of the threat that surrounds them. Rather than overlooking the raising of the flag as habit, the honest men recognize the honor in their action precisely because the captain is prioritizing honor over all else, even safety.