Key Themes & Symbols

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-          black spot: paper that is given to a pirate when they are summoned to go look for buried treasure; has a black spot of soot on one side

-          flag of truce: LJS uses this to try to persuade Captain Smollett to give up captain-hood to him, attempting to talk to the captain before setting his mutineers to attack the other members of the crew

-          mutineer: person who mutinies – revolts against lawful authority (the bad pirates on the side of Long John Silver)

-          coracle: one-person ship that Jim takes from Ben Gunn in order to escape the camp; uses this boat to gain access to the Hispaniola


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