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Treasure Island

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English 2033E
Gabrielle Ceraldi

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Children’s Lit – Nov 12 th Treasure Island Adventure Tradition - Following conventions of quest narrative - Not fantasy, but not social realism either - Overlap with cautionary tale – naughty children doing what they’re not supposed to do – but instead of being punished, it all seems to work out well, like for Jim Adventure Story Conventions 1. Individual Hero - Jim is set apart from the rest of the characters, goes off on his own a lot - Jim motivated by impulse, being the one child in the book surrounded by adults - Forced into rather subordinate role within the large group because he’s the only child - He has a thirst for adventure, wants to prove himself and wants to contribute something 2. Life-and-Death Conflict - Traces Jim’s initiation into life-and-death adventure - Escalating loss of life in escalating violent ways, until he actually kills some people himself 3. Setting – Move from typical social environment to all male, outdoor, public environment - The only female character we meet is Jim’s mother – weak, needs protection, hon
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