Feb 23, 09
Read in February, 2009
Murderous pirates, a wild man, a malarial swamp, and a mutinous ship...all appear to be dangers in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The actual island, with its strange inhabitants, sturdy structures and disgusting swamps, and which only appears to be a pointless rock, becomes an ally to Jim Hawkins and his frineds. It helps them evade the pirates and other menaces.
Marooned on the island is the helpful Ben Gunn. He built the goatskin dingy that Jim deemed the Coracle. The Coracle allowed Jim to get back to the Hispaniola, cut the anchor, and maneuver it to a hiding place near the shore. Ben Gunn also discovered the treasure before anyone come to the island and kept it in his hidden cave. This allows Jim and his friends to bargain with the map while knowing that the treasure is safely theirs.
On the island there is a stockade that gives Jim and his allies a place to hide when they first come ashore. When they escaped from the Hispaniola in the jolly boat thy were sunk by the pirate's cannon. They swam to shore with the few supplies they could salvage and, being pursued by pirates, would have had nowhere to hide if it hadn't been for the stockade. When the pirates attack it's easier for Jim and his friends to defend themselves.
Even the dismal swamp helps the story's heroes. It gives the pirates malaria because they are using the swamp as a hiding place. The priates can't fight as effectively and a few die.
Robert Louis Stevenson created the island to save Jim and company. Ben Gunn, the wild man of the island, helped with two key components: the Coracle and the treasure. The stockade protected Jim and his friends throughout the biggest battles in the story. The swamp gave the pirates malaria, filing down their numbers. Overall, the island probably saves the lives of Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Dr. Livesey, Gray and Jim.