Analysis of Chapter 28 in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

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‘Treasure Island’ was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1883, although it previously appeared in children’s magazine ‘Young Folks’ between 1881 and 1882 under the title of ‘The Sea Cook’ but it was later changed to ‘Treasure Island’. The novel is split into five parts-I will analyze chapter twenty eight, it is the first chapter of the last part of the novel called ‘Silver’, and Silver is the main character in this chapter. While analyzing this chapter I want to look at its contribution towards the story as a whole, the themes and messages in this chapter. I also want to look at Stevenson’s craft: to look at the devices he employs to make his story interesting and exciting. I will strip the chapter right down to the bare …show more content…
This knowledge that he has of nautical terminology and the research that he has conducted for the writing of this novel greatly increases the vividness of the language, making it a more authentic and realistic read.

When Jim enters the Stockade the readers don’t know what is going on, we empathise with Jim’s confusion as we are feeling just as confused as him. Stevenson’s first sentence of chapter twenty eight grabs the reader’s attention, ‘the red glow of the torch, lighting up the interior of the block house showed me the worst of my apprehensions realised’. Jim has returned to the stockade expecting to find his friends and actually finds the pirates in possession of all the supplies and the stockade. It’s exciting and riveting. This is an example of Stevenson writing retrospectively, he tells us that something is about to happen before it does-‘What ten-fold increased my horror, not a sign of any prisoner’: what Stevenson is doing is grabbing your interest from the very beginning of this chapter, making sure you want to find out whether Jim’s friends are dead. This is because when Stevenson wrote 'Treasure Island' it was intended as a serialised publication, each chapter brought out every week, Stevenson has to grab the readers attention from the very beginning of every chapter to make sure they read it. Stevenson is already causing questions to arise in our mind to keep us interested in the story, such as: what are the Pirates going