Black Dog And Billy Bones: Summary

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Summary - Jim Hawkins and his mother live in a hotel near Bristol, England in the eighteenth century. The novel begins when a drunk captain (Billy Bones) arrives at the hotel. Shortly after he arrives at the hotel, Billy Bones dies. Jim searches through his belongings, and he finds very valuable pieces of paper. Jim and his mother barely escape when the other sailors suddenly enter the hotel looking for the papers that Jim has. After the sailors left, Jim travels to find one of his closest advisors, Dr. Livesey. Dr. Livesey is at Squire Trelawney’s house. The three of them discuss the papers, and they realize it is a treasure map. Immediately, they set up a voyage that will travel to the mysterious island. Trelawney hires a suspicious crew …show more content…
Jim is a thirteen-year old boy who attempts to find the treasure. During the beginning of the novel, Jim is very timid. For example, in the text, “I ran to fetch it, but I was quite unstudied by all that had fallen out, and I broke one glass and fouled the tap” (Stevenson 21). This quote explains that Jim is terrified of the fight between Black Dog and Billy Bones. Jim seems easily frightened of the idea of violence. However, Jim turns courageous by the end of the story. For instance, “Both my pistols went off, and both escaped out of my hands. They did not fall alone; with a choked cry, the coxswain loosed his grasp upon the shrouds and plunged head first into the water” (Stevenson 161). This quote illustrates that Jim is extremely courageous because he kills Israel Hands. Hands attacks him, and Jim takes matters into his own hands. He shoots Hands with his pistol, and he falls into the water. As the novel progresses, Jim turns into a courageous man instead of a timid boy. Another main character in this novel is Long John Silver. Throughout the story, Long John Silver is frightening and untrustworthy. For example, “With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air. It struck poor Tom, point foremost, and with stunning violence, right between the shoulders in the middle of his back. His hands flew up, he gave a sort of gasp, and fell” (Stevenson 91). This quote explains that Silver kills Tom because he would not join the rebellion. This event happens very suddenly, and it illustrates one of the reasons of why Silver is frightening. Silver is also extremely untrustworthy. His crew and himself are going to keep the treasure for themselves. They lied to Squire Trelawney. That is only one example why Silver is untrustworthy. Silver does not change throughout the novel. The two main characters in this book are Jim Hawkins and Long John