Themes And Symbols In Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island

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The dictionary definition of a symbol is, “a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process.” In Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, there are an unlimited amount of symbols and motifs. The book is an adventure novel, narrating a tale of pirates and treasure, it is typically considered a coming of age story. One of the main symbols is the map. Billy Bones is a character within the first of the novel and among his things, Jim and his mother find the map. The map is the most important treasure in the book. The map represents more than just a map, it is the driving force between each group involved. The map has symbols itself, like adventure and desire. Each and every person wants the map …show more content…
In today’s society, most, if not all of the pirates would be considered alcoholics. Billy Bones had the largest obsession as he asked Jim to slip him some rum, even after the doctor told him to stay away from alcohol. The alcohol give Jim, the squire, and the doctor an advantage throughout the book since they are sober and the pirates are clueless because they’re drunk so frequently. Long John Silver is one of few who don’t have an obsession with alcohol, this gives him the opportunity to outwit many like Jim, the squire, and the doctor. Jim is just a young child, but he sees things and learns things about the dangers with adulthood, not just things about the sea, but the way alcohol can destroy a person. “Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of …show more content…
There are rumors about the black spot that Jim overhears since the beginning of the book, but it takes time for him to understand the meaning behind it. When the pirates mutually decide they don’t like their leader and want to get rid of him, they burn a piece of paper until it’s charred with a black spot and they give it to their captain. Both Billy Bones and Long John Silver experience this. The black spot represents the ]little bit of order that the pirates have within their society. Since they are pirates, they are not held accountable for many laws and restrictions that govern a civilized lifestyle. Although, the black spot is the pirates way of ensuring some kind of order within their society. But, the black spot surprisingly also represents some disorder. There is danger for the leader, who is can lose all power but it can bring up violence among all the other pirates. “Now, if I can’t get away no how, and they tip me in the black spot, mind you, it’s my old sea-chest they’re after; you get on a horse-you can, can’t you?” Throughout Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, there are hundreds of things that you could conclude as a symbol from the novel. Many objects throughout all different books have deeper meanings behind them, just like the map, coracle, alcohol, and black spot did in this particular book. A symbol can reveal something to you that you wouldn’t otherwise have figured out. In this novel

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