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A Raid On The Oyster Pirates Jack London

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An autobiographical sketch is when the author writes about their own experience. This is exactly what Jack London does in his story “A Raid on the Oyster Pirates”. London is very skilled in the art of character development. This explains how he was able to create such developed characters to the point where they almost seem like real people. In “A Raid on the Oyster Pirates” by Jack London a lot of detail is shown through Charley, Mr. Taft, and Centipede in terms of how they act and speak. Charley is a good friend of the narrator. He can be viewed as very forgiving because of how he treated the oyster pirates after they were caught stealing oysters from Mr. Taft. After the oyster pirates Charley stated, “You can dry your clothes here, lads, and get some hot coffee “(London). Even after they stole from him and his friends Charley…show more content…
Centipede is viewed as very sly and deceitful. After being confronted my Mr. Taft about stealing his oysters, his response was, “Now, in my experience," broke in the tall man, "oysters is oysters wherever you find 'em, an' they're pretty much alike all the Bay over, and the world over, too, for that matter. We're not wantin' to quarrel with you, Mr. Taft, but we jes' wish you wouldn't insinuate that them oysters is yours an' that we're thieves an' robbers till you can prove the goods” (London). This shows how dishonest he is. Even after being caught he still decided to lie in Mr. Taft’s face and make him feel foolish about accusing him for the crime. In conclusion, in “A Raid on the Oyster Pirates” by Jack London a lot of detail is shown through Charley, Mr. Taft, and Centipede in terms of how they act and speak. Being an oyster pirate himself back in the day really helped Jack London in a big way when it came to writing this story. Considering he was writing about his own experiences, it must have been very easy for him to make these characters feel
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